Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea had said it is heart breaking that despite an oil revenue of six point-five million Ghana cedis between 2013 and 2016, the Mahama government left a gargantuan debt for the Nana Akufo-Addo government.
According to the Works and Housing Minister there is a certified arrears of 5.4billion Ghana cedis which does not include statutory payments which should go to the National Health Service, and the District Assemble Common Fund.
He further pointed out that if these arrears were credit to the nation and invested in areas such as health, agriculture and energy, Works and Housing Ministries, “you do not need an economist to inform you on the effect it would trickle down, it would be job job and jobs”
Alleviating of poverty is one of the assignment of every government, “without a shadow of doubt, President Akufo-Addo inherited an anemic and dangerous economy for the Mahama administration”
The Works and Housing Minister made this remarks on the floor of the House, when he was contributing to 2019 budget statement that was presented to the House by Ken Ofori Atta.
“Let us put propaganda aside, was it not the case that during the Mills and Mahama administration that Ghana became an oil exporter, for four years we exported 13.4 billion dollars and earn 3 million dollars as revenue”.
He noted that with a short period of time because of what they inherited the previous government got three billion; this money, former President Kufuor never had at his time, “to whom much is given much is required”.
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