Parliament suspends approval of GNPC's 2016 budget

Prominent amongst the allegedly intransparent allocations was the budgeted amount of GHC115 million allocated for the construction of the corporation’s new headquarters.

Parliament of Ghana

Although 2016 is half-gone, the GNPC is struggling to get its budget approved as the Minority in parliament rejected the Mines and Energy committee’s report on the budget.

According to the minority, the GNPC’s budget lacks adequate information on allocations in the budget.

The minority maintained, even in the  face of  stiff opposition from the majority, that they will boycott the approval process, until a full disclosure is done. This led  to the Speaker of Parliament’s  suspension of the approval process.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Atwima-Mponua in the Ashanti Region, Isaac Asiamah who pushed for the cancellation of the  approval,  urged the house to cancel the motion until GNPC makes a proper account of its finances to Ghanaians.

"I am unable to support this motion because GNPC is becoming a monster and we need to discipline it", he said.

He indicated that although the minority is not against the construction of the new office,  information such as the identity of the and the basis for which the contract was awarded has to be scrutinized.

"The programme is silent on all these matters. They want to reduce us into a rubber stamp and just approve this and get away with it," he added.


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