Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has questioned the reasoning behind government’s decision to boycott road constructions in his region.

Mr Ablakwa says he is confused as to why provisions for the construction of some major roads in the Volta region were not made in the 2020 budget.

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 “I really want the Finance Minister and President Akufo-Addo to explain to me why roads, particularly in the Volta, were exempted from the budget. How does the Akufo-Addo-led Administration expect MPs from the Volta Region to explain this to their constituents?” He quizzed.

MP for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
MP for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

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Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, delivered the 220 budget to the people’s representatives yesterday, saying it will largely focus on and prioritise road projects to improve infrastructure and bring an end to the cries of Ghanaians for better roads.

But, speaking on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem Thursday, the North Tongu MP questioned the decision by the government to leave the Volta region out of the picture.

He described the decision as an aberration in the face of the 1992 Constitution, which enjoins government to undertake even and balanced development in all regions.

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“If it is just an oversight that’s fine if not, then an explanation should be given, else it will prove very difficult for MPs in the region to explain it to our constituents why they were left out,” he said.