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Bagbin to Ofori-Atta: Don’t treat Parliament as NGO, we need money

The Speaker of Parliament says the legislature is struggling to survive because it is financially constrained

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has stated that the inadequate funding of the House by the government is making the running of the legislature very difficult.

Bagbin said the House is currently battling with challenges of logistics such as broken down printers which are making it difficult to publish reports for consideration at the plenary.

The Speaker lamented over the continuous request by the finance ministry for the House to cut down on their already approved budget.

“It’s not easy. And so, sometimes you see your request for me to approve for you to do some things [have been] declined. It is not because I like declining your requests. It is because we don’t have the wherewithal to fund those operations. The Ministry of Finance should not treat Parliament like a ministry or NGO,” he said.

“This is an arm of government. We are not part of the MMDAs. We have even been written to, to reduce our budget in some cases by 50%,” Bagbin said.

He added that “if they want Parliament to run aground, they should let us know. The Speaker is not ready and prepared to be blamed for the inability to get Parliament going on just because we are not getting the necessary funding.”

Meanwhile, the Majority chief whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh in his response to the Speaker’s comments has assured the House of the government’s utmost commitment to ensure the adequate resourcing of the legislature to efficiently function.

Philip Asiawo

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