Don’t use Ghana@60 to waste public funds, Suhuyini cautions planning committee
A Member of the Ghanaian Parliament representing Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, has cautioned the Ghana@60 planning committee against wasting public funds in the name of celebrating the country’s independence anniversary.
Suhuyini gave the warning in his first statement on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, commending President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his resolve to celebrate Ghana’s 60th independence and disagreeing with those saying the nation has nothing to celebrate.
“However, let the celebration not be used as an opportunity to dissipate public funds, reward political party loyalist or be a subtle means to celebrate an election victory at the polls,” he said.
According to the MP, his warning against wastage is premised on the experience of the Ghana@50 celebrations, adding that though GHC29.31m was approved by parliament for the celebration, a total of GHC97.77m was spent at the end.
He also noted that a number of projects under the Ghana@50 celebration were abandoned while the budgeted money was mismanaged by the planning committee.
These acts, Suhuyini said, “breed cynicism which threaten the foundations of our forth republican democracy.
“Our citizens need a break, and it is my prayer and anticipation that this celebration planning committee will apply the brakes as they are guided by the ghost of the past celebration. Despite all our challenges we have a lot to celebrate but so little to do that in view of how much more we have to do as a country.”
He however expressed satisfaction with recent pronouncements of members of the Ghana @60 committee and the President that expenditure will be moderate.
“As faith will have it the announced budget when the president unveiled the logo at a ceremony last week is about the same as was budgeted for 10yrs ago.”