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A Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Agric with the erstwhile Mahama administration, Mr. Fifii Kwetey has said that the ruling New Patriotic Party is good at building castles in the air.
He was reacting to the budget as was read by the finance minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta in Parliament today.
In his view, what has been themed "Putting Ghana Back to Work" was only a promise in the vacuum that needs to be debated to bring out the lies carried on it.
He says it's not out of place to see the NPP government work to find solutions to what confronts the nation but they are nowhere near the task.
For government to claim to have offered job to the youth, the Ketu South MP says it's nothing new of a government since public sector always offer thousands of job to graduates from the various collages.
He has therefore challenged the Nana Addo led administration to hit the grounds and create real jobs to fulfill it's promises.
The Minister in his presentation said government has proposed the reduction in electricity tariffs for Residential 13%, Non Residential 13%, Special Load Tariff- Low Voltage 13%, Special Load Tariff -Medium Voltage 11%, Special Load Tariff -High Voltage 14% and High Voltage Mines 21%. Growth rate was targeted at 6.8%.
He also indicated that,Government will continue to explore every necessary measure to find an efficient way of managing the public sector payroll.
Studies will be undertaken to evaluate various options including outsourcing the payroll.
‘’As part of measures to cut back on the administrative overheads of all public institutions including State Owned Enterprises, government will undertake comprehensive rationalisation of all administrative costs.
This will include vehicle running cost, capacity building, printing, workshops and seminars among others.
As a first step, effective 2018, the production of dairies and calendars by public institutions will be discontinued, the Minister added.
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