Gov’t to present budget estimates for first quarter of 2017

The Minister for Finance, Mr. Seth Tekper, will be in Parliament on Thursday October 20, to present to the House, estimates of the revenue and expenditure of the government from January to March 2017.

The Minister is also expected to update the House on the estimates of the revenues and expenditure of the Government of Ghana for the 2017 financial year.

The Deputy Majority Leader and Vice Chairman of the Business Committee of Parliament, Mr. Alfred Agbeshie, announced this on Friday when he presented the explanatory memorandum on the business statement for the second week ending Friday 21st October 2016 on behalf of the Majority Leader, Mr Alban Bagbin.

He also informed the House that the Ministers for Food and Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Local Government and Rural Development, and Roads and Highways would appear before the House to answer a number of questions.

Mr Agbeshie announced that the Energy Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2016 would be taken through the Second Reading while the Ghana AIDS Commission Bill, Public Private Partnership Bill, 2016, Local Government Bill, 2016, Intestate Succession Bill, 2013, Conduct of Public Officers Bill, 2013 and the Real Estate Authority Bill, 2014 would also be taken through the Consideration Stage.

He told MPs that the bills might be presented to the House for First Reading and those of urgent nature might be taken through the various stages in one day in accordance with Order 119 of the Standing Orders of Parliament.

“Mr. Speaker, papers and committee reports may also be presented to the House,” he said, adding that motions would be debated and their consequential resolutions, if any, during the week.

He urged the members to be present in their numbers to consider the estimates and transact other government businesses.

Source: Government of Ghana.