The Lawmaker of the North Tongu Constituency Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has disclosed to the public how President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s govermment is spending huge sums of money on Flagship Programme under his Presidency.
The 2020 and 2021 Budget and Economic Policy has allocated huge amount of money for Government Communication as a Government Flagship Programme thus; GH¢6 million in 2020 and GH€4 million in 2021respectively.
This practice according to Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is wrong and the govermment must rethink through it.
In a statement disclosing the issue, the MP said, this business of classifying Government Communication as a Government Flagship Programme and allocating hefty sums (GH¢6million in 2020 and GH¢4million in 2021) must stop. Note that the Ministry of Information has a separate budget of GH¢132,197,427.
Meanwhile the Goods and Services budget for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has been drastically cut from GH¢7,016,420 in 2020 budget to GH¢4,291,295 in the 2021 budget.
He added that, one would have thought that during a pandemic where credible public education is a critical requirement to fight vaccine hesitancy and all the conspiracy theories out there, the NCCE’s budget would rather have been raised substantially and government communicators asked to take a rest. In any case, it is trite knowledge that in periods like these, the general public prefers to listen to non-partisan experts and not government propagandists.
“I humbly suggest that government reallocates that GH¢4million to the NCCE. It’s not late to rethink this.” Ablakwa proposed.
“Don’t squeeze out additional taxes from the people in these tough times only to fund government propaganda as a flagship programme.” He advised.