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Ghana Largest Opposition Party NDC Accuses Government of Reckless Spending in COVID-19 Fight

Mr.Cassiel Ato Forson - Minority spokesperson on Finance

The largest opposition political party in Ghana , the National Demorcratic Congress (NDC) has accused the ruling government of using COVID-19 as a cover to engage in reckless spending of public funds.

The NDC minority Spokesperson on Finance for the Minority Mr.Cassiel Ato Forson addressing a press conference on Monday said the Minority will resist any attempt by the government to spend recklessly because they think that the implication on the economy will be severe.

The press conference was organised by the NDC after Ghana's Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Attahad presented a report before the House on the limit of borrowing of the government under sub-section (6) of section 30 of the Bank of Ghana Act, 2002 (Act 612) in the novel coronavirus (COVID-) emergency, the former deputy finance minister said the government is only doing this to finance their 2020 campaign.

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has released the first tranche of GH¢5.5 billion of the GH¢10 billion emergency facility the government is seeking to support the national response to the fight the coronavirus disease.

The Finance Minister told parliamentarians that, the release, was consistent with global policy responses of central banks with large scale asset purchases to provide support to manage the pandemic.

But the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Mr Cassiel Ato Forson, is alleging that the government is seeking the funds from the central bank just to use the money to finance the elections expenditures of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The move he lamented will lead to inflation and affect every Ghanaian.

The government he explained should have done reprogramming of their budget as being done by other countries.

The president he opined should have also reduced his number of ministers as part of efforts to deal with the impact of the coronavirus on the economy.

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