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The Finance Ministry did not allocate funds for presidential trips – Ken Ofori Atta

BY: Mary Quartey

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta as part of parliaments request to render an account of President Akufo-Addo’s recent foreign trips to France, Belgium and South Africa says the Ministry of Finance did not release any funds to the Chief of Staff, specifically for His Excellency, the President’s recent trip which’s expense sparked public uproar from some section of Ghanaians who asserted that the cost of the travel was exhobitant and a drain on public purse.

“Mr Speaker, in line with the 2021 budget implementation instructions, the Ministry of Finance did not release any funds to the Chief of Staff, specifically for His Excellency, the President’s trip to France, Belgium and South Africa”.

Speaking before the floor of the house today, Mr Ken Ofori Atta indicated that, the Presidents’ domestic and international travels are matters to do with National Security. He iterated that, the National Security Minister is best placed to furnish the Honorable House with the details. Mr Ken Ofori Atta said the Ministry releases quarterly funds to the Heads of Departments to facilitate the safe coordination of the President’s travel.

“The current practice is that the Ministry of Finance releases quarterly funds to the Heads of Department, in this case, Office of Government Machinery, Chief of Staff for all the operational activities of the Office. To facilitate the safe coordination of the President’s travels, domestic and foreign, the Office of Government Machinery and the National Security Secretariat work together.”

Meanwhile, answering a question directed to him by Member of Parliament for Builsa South Constituency, Hon Dr. Clement A. Apaak inquiring whether or not the Government took a loan or loans to finance the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta responded saying Government has taken no loan to specifically finance the Free SHS Policy.

“Mr. Speaker, the free SHS Policy has since its inception been financed from the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) and Government of Ghana (GoG) funding sources. Over the five years, a total amount of GH¢7.62 billion has been allocated to implement the Free SHS Programme. Out of this amount, GH¢4.18 billion was sourced from GoG, representing 54.76 percent, while the balance of GH¢3.44 billion, representing 45.24 percent, came from ABFA”.

Source: Adoanewsonline.com

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