The Minority in Parliament has raised some concern of lack of details presented by the Finance Minister about the Coronavirus Alleviation Program and the absence of the electricity tariffs from the program.

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The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta was given the approval by the Finance Committee of Parliament to spent GH1.2bn from the Contingency Fund for the funding of Coronavirus Alleviation Program (CAP).

The Coronavirus Alleviation Program is a government initiative set up to reduce the impact of the pandemic on the socio-economic lives of Ghanaians.

As part of the measures under the program, the government will be providing two years soft loans to Small Micro Economics, payment of water tariffs for Ghanaians for the next three months, provision of food, incentives for medical personnel among others.

The Minority is unhappy the program does not cover the electricity tariffs of residents in the country though a proposal from their side was presented to the committee on finance in parliament.

Hon James Klutse Avedzi, MP for Ketu South

Minority member, James Klutse Avedzi disclosed that “we (the minority) made our concern very clear to the committee about the fact the program should absorb the electricity tariffs for residences but the committee refused to include it to their report.”

They also bemoan the lack of details of the program before it was approved by the finance committee of parliament.

Hon Klutse Avedzi continued that “we are very worried over the lack of details about the program. We wanted the proposal to be brought to the house for debate but the committee is pointing to Article 177 (1) of the constitution and for that matter, we don’t support the approval.”


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