Parliament Demands Clarity: Urges Finance Ministry To Settle Debts To District Assemblies

Kutl Ahmedia


In a recent parliamentary session, Joseph Osei-Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, has raised concerns over the Finance Ministry's indebtedness to the District Assembly Common Fund. This issue came to light following revelations by Benjamin Kpodo, the Member of Parliament for Ho Central, who disclosed that the Finance Ministry owes over GH¢6 billion to the District Assembly Common Fund due to irregular fund disbursements. Despite reassurances from Deputy Finance Minister Abena Osei-Asare, Osei-Owusu insists on tangible evidence and a reconciliation of financial figures.

The urgency of the situation has prompted Osei-Owusu to demand a comprehensive report by the end of June. He emphasized the importance of promptly resolving these outstanding arrears to ensure that the financial needs of the assemblies are met efficiently. Osei-Owusu stressed that the House may need to confront the Finance Ministry if clarity is not provided. He emphasized the importance of asserting the authority of the House when it comes to the Common Fund.

The call for transparency and accountability underscores the commitment of Parliament to uphold the interests of the District Assemblies and ensure the effective functioning of local governance structures. As discussions continue, stakeholders are eagerly awaiting the Finance Ministry's response and the subsequent actions to address the outstanding debts. It is imperative for the government to prioritize the settlement of these arrears to foster trust and cooperation between the central government and local authorities, ultimately advancing the development agenda at the grassroots level.


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