"419" placards reminds me of Philippians 4:19: Ofori-Atta mocks minority

The term "419" simply means 'deception' which is believed to have been originated from Nigeria. The term is also associated with people who dupe others especially within the cyberspace.

Philippians 4:19 in the bible reads, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

At a post-budget hearing event, the finance minister noted: “I thank you, honorable members, for the somewhat fire baptism you gave me in the house during the budget reading.

"I remember when the minority raised the placards and I saw ‘419 budget’, it reminded me of the Bible; Philippians 4:19 and that gave me strength.  And I was like these people don’t know what they are doing.”

A day after the budget reading, the Minority delivered a prompt response, saying it is full of deception as well as broken promises.

"The Finance Minister failed to outline clear policies to address this important issue afflicting the Ghanaian economy today i.e. -the near-uncontrollable fall of the Ghana Cedi which is now considered the worst-performing currency in the world. This is especially regrettable in view of the stability the Ghana cedi enjoyed in the 2016 fiscal year under the NDC’s agenda for transformation," the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said.

He added: "Again this is regrettable because this budget stifles exports and stimulates imports. A situation which will impact negatively on the manufacturing sector, industries as a whole, accelerated job creation and a stable currency."

President Nana Akufo-Addo's maiden budget saw the reduction and abolishing of numerous "nuisance tax."

But Mr Iddrisu held that the president's failure to reduce the corporate tax from 25 to 20 percent, reduce electricity tariffs and pay arrears owed contractors within 100 days "can only mean a betrayal of the trust" of Ghanaians.

"These Ghanaians are fast losing hope in the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government," he claimed.

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