Member of Parliament for the Bekwai constituency who doubles as the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu has disclosed that the Speaker of Parliament, Alban S.K Bagbin acted in error at the time of posing a question for determination which led to a purported rejection of the 2022 Budget of Ghana by the Members of the National Democratic Congress.
On November 26, 2021, if recalled, the Parliament of Ghana in a matter of responding to the 2022 Budget statement presented to the House by the finance minister, outrightly rejected the document and later writes an open letter to the Minister of Finance to table their reasons for the rejection.
The House of Parliament which sat on the matter of the Budget on Tuesday, November 30 for the first time since it was laid and rejected has also done the opposite of what was initially done by the minority side of Parliament.
The 1st Deputy Speaker who sat in for the Speaker of Parliament who is on a routine medical leave in Dubai declared the first declaration made by the Speaker as void and unconstitutional while relaying the motion before the House of Parliament for a relook.
In explaining the basis for which the decision of the Speaker is declared as void, Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu disclosed that Alban Bagbin acted in error while depending on one standing order and forgoing the other which stipulates how proceedings should be made.
According to Mr. Osei-Owusu, he believes that the speaker based on his wide knowledge of the Parliamentary proceeding would have reverted his decision if his attention had been drawn to the right Standing Orders that needed to be put in play.
By this, it is declared that the Government of Ghana’s 2022 Economic and Fiscal Policy Document has been accepted by the Parliament of Ghana pending debates.