Bagbin blames economic woes on poor revenue mobilization rather than excessive spending by gov?t


The Majority Leader in Ghana?s Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, has debunked the assertion that government is spending too much.

Contrary to the popular notion that Ghana governments and especially the Mahama administration has spent a lot of the nation?s resources with very little to show for it and therefore the nation?s currents precarious financial standing, the leader of government business in parliament  has observed that the issue confronting the nation is not one of expenditure of the nation?s resources but rather the poverty of the generation of the resources for the nation which have proved to be inadequate for the administration of the nation over the years.

The six time Member of Parliament for the Nadowli/ Kaleo constituency in the Northern region made the observation at the Speaker?s Chamber block on Monday when the Deku, Dosoo and Kugblenu families called on the Speaker of Parliament to formerly announce the death and funeral arrangements of their beloved family members that had served the state honorably at one point in time in their lives.

Hon. Bagbin contesded the facts of the generally held view that governments have been spending too much of the states resources and that is why the nation is facing the financial difficulties it is currently going through. He was of the view that, given the fact that there are a lot more developmental projects to be undertaken to make life a little bit more comfortable for the citizenry, government has no option than to spend a lot of money.

He said, ?Every government will spend anyway. The problem in the economy is not about spending too much, the issue is about the generation of the money. We don?t generate enough revenue to meet our expenditure.?

He made these specific comments when the family of the Late Van Lare Dosoo, a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana had formerly informed the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho and the Leadership of Parliament about his passing and the funeral arrangements.

The family led by the Chairman of the funeral committee of the Anlo Community in Accra, Ambassador Victor Gbeho and Professor John Ahetor informed the Speaker that Mr. Van Lare died on the 9th of May this year at the age of 68 in the middle of an Ecobank AGM of the which he was the board chairman.

He worked at the Bank of Ghana from the year 2000 to 2009 as the Deputy Governor and until his demise; he was the Chairman of the taskforce set-up by President Mahama to work on the establishment of a Ghana Exim Bank.

The Pre-burial ceremony will be held on Friday the 3rd of July at the Christ the King parish in Accra and the burial ceremony will be held the following day, the 4th in his home town at Tsiame in the Volta Region.

The Kudalin and the Deku families also informed the Speaker and his entourage about the funeral arrangements of the Late Andrew Quashie Deku who died on the 26th 0f April 2015 at the age of 95.

He is said to have played a major role in the 1966 coups that saw the overthrow of President Nkrumah?s government and played other major roles in government as a security expert.

The funeral has been programmed for August 27, 28 and 29th where the final funeral rites will be held in his hometown at Woe in the Volta Region.

On the other hand, the family Members of a Retired Inspector General of Police ( IGP), the late Raphael Kpodo Kugblenu who served the nation between 1981 to 1984 also called on the Speaker to inform the institution of Parliament about the demise of their beloved which occurred on the 21st of April this year.

The family?s delegation to the Speaker was led by representatives of two ethnic groups; the Anlos and the Akwamus. According to the leadership of the delegation made up of the Queen mother of Akwamufie, Nana Esa Safua and the Chairman of the Funeral Committee of the Anlo Community in Accra, Ambassador Victor Gbeho, the representation is as a result of a special relationship that exists between the Anlos and the Akwamu?s dating as far back as over a century ago.

They told the Speaker that the family is yet to finalise the final funeral arrangements of the Late former IGP and that they will inform Parliament as and when those arrangements are completed.

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho indicated that any Ghanaian who gave their all in the service of the nation deserves to be respected and therefore he and the leadership of Parliament pledged to do their all to support the families in this time of their lost and promised to join them to give a befitting burial to their beloved.

He also promised to make sure that Parliament make tributes on the floor of the House in Honour of their selfless service to nation for it to be captured for by the Hansard, which is the book of records in Parliament, for posterity sake.

Among the Leadership present were Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitihul, First Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton Oduro, and Majority Leader, Alban Sumana Bagbin.

Source: Clement Akoloh, Spynewsagency

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