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Akufo-Addo’s government has shown to be a listening one – Oppong Nkrumah

The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said that the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration is a listening one.

Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah

He said the government has demonstrated over the years that it is always ready to input the concerns of Ghanaians in any policy they draft.

Speaking after the passage of the 2024 budget and financial statement, Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah said the government paused the import restrictions bill because of the concerns of Ghanaians.

“By now there should be enough evidence that whenever concerns are raised and when considered as legitimate, the government does not fail to accommodate those concerns.

“Even on the issue of the [Import Restriction] Legislative Instrument, there is enough evidence where there are concerns that are considered legitimate government is willing to do the needful to engage further or to do the necessary amendments.

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“Still, I think it is also clear to everybody by now that our colleagues on the Minority side because of the numbers in Parliament, sometimes choose to play the political game of pushing it to the numbers. So we on the government side have walked a balancing act. Are there legitimate interests in this particular matter that must be addressed and if they are, we address them? Still, where you are clear that there are no such interests, that it is purely partisan politics that is being played then you also have to ensure when the vote is called you have your numbers to get that vote.”

The 2024 budget statement was approved by Parliament on Thursday, December 7 after a headcount.

Parliament could not approve the budget on Wednesday, November 29 after the Majority side of the House boycotted proceedings, making it the second time they are walking out on their budget after they first did so on the 2022 budget statement which introduced the e-levy.

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