Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has described the heckling by the Minority of Parliament as a “baptism of fire”.

According to him, the heckling by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament empowered him to deliver more.

Minority in parliament on Thursday, 2 March violated a directive from the leadership of the house not to carry placards into the house during the reading of the 2017 national budget.

It would be recalled that Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had said placards would not be entertained in the chamber during the budget presentation.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye even threatened to suspend the house sitting to hear the 2017 Budget presentation by the Finance Minister due to the noise by the MPs.

But speaking at the opening of a post-budget workshop for leadership of Parliament at Ada, Ken Ofori-Atta said their hackling rather encouraged him to deliver well.

“I really want to thank you for last Thursday for the opportunity given me to deliver the budget. Heckling by the minority was a baptism of fire but the most amazing thing as the minority did what they had to do was interesting.

“When I saw the heckling and the 419 placards it rather gave me more power. I felt really supported” he said.

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Ghana/Adom News/Abednego Asante Asiedu