2022 Budget: Attempt to boycott estimate for Communications Ministry populist, says Sylvester Tetteh

The Minority said the Ministry, has failed, in the past six years, to furnish the House with audited accounts of the National Communications Authority (NCA) and other agencies under its supervision hence the boycott

Sylvester Tetteh, vice-chairperson for the communications committee in Parliament has said the Minority’s purported attempt to boycott the consideration of budget estimates for the Communications Ministry is only a populist move.

Earlier, the Minority members on the Communications Committee of Parliament said they are boycotting the consideration of budget estimates of the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation due to the failure of the sector Minister, Ursula Owusu to provide audit reports of the Ministry for the committee’s scrutiny since 2015.

Addressing a press conference, deputy ranking member on the committee, Samuel Nartey George indicated that the Minority will not consider the Ministry’s estimates until the minister honours their request for the audit reports.

However, speaking to Wilberforce Asare on The Big Bulletin (14 December), Sylvester Tetteh revealed that the Minority’s rants to the media about boycotting the budget estimate returned to the committee to perform their role.

He stated that “I don’t understand what their understanding of boycott is. What happened today (14 December) in Parliament and we got to know after the chair of the committee suspended teaching for just 30 minutes only for them to rush to the media and hold a press conference that they’re boycotting hearing of the budget estimates but they came back and we’re still sitting.”

“As I speak to you, we’re not done. What they’re doing is just a show of populism and want to be heard any day and anytime and I think it’s quite unfortunate, it doesn’t help anybody,” he stated.

Nicholas Brown

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