Government accused of allocating GHS6m to NPP communicators in 2020 budget

A budget line in the 2020 Budget has come under scrutiny as being a possible tool to fund New Patriotic Party (NPP) communicators.

The issue was first raised by the Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Agriculture, Food and Cocoa Affairs, Eric Opoku, on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday.

He noted that there was a GHS6 million allocation to Government Communication in the budget under the section for expenditure under Government flagship programmes.

In his submission, Mr. Opoku said more clarity was needed on that budget line.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, later on, the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George said he was convinced the government was taking taxpayer money and putting it into “partisan affairs.”

But a Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, however, defended the budget line as necessary to the government’s communication strategy.

He argued that the various flagship policies already had funding for communications

Also speaking on Eyewitness News, he said the money was in service of “an open and transparent government system.”


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