The 2021 budget and economic policy is said to have been bloated with special allocation on govermment communication under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s regime. Coverghana.com.gh has gathered.
In the budget statement presented to Parliament by the Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on the authority of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday, 12th March, 2021 has made an allocation of GH¢4,000,000 purposely for Government Communication as a special Government Flagship Programme.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information has a separate budget of GH¢132,197,427 for Communications on govermment businesses.
Research further disclosed that, in 2020 budget statement, similar allocation was made by classifying Government Communication as a Government Flagship Programme where a hefty sums of GH¢6,000,000 was alloted.
It’s unclear why the Goods and Services budget for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has been drastically cut from GH¢7,016,420 in 2020 to GH¢4,291,295 in the 2021 budget.
But, the North Tongu Constituency Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who revealed the issue said, “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 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.”
Mr. Ablakwa is therefore calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s govermment to reallocates the GH¢4million to the NCCE. He believes that, It’s not late to rethink this.
“Don’t squeeze out additional taxes from the people in these tough times only to fund government propaganda as a flagship programme.” He said.
See the allocation on the 2020 and the 2021 budget statements below.