The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has directed that the Post 2024 Budget Workshop be held in Parliament.
This comes after Members of Parliament were divided on whether to resort to the Rock City Hotel or the Volta Serene Hotel for the workshop.
Annually, MPs are taken out of Accra for a residential workshop on the budget presented for debate and consideration.
Parliament has been informed that this year’s post-budget workshop will be held from Friday, 17th November to Sunday, 19th November, 2023 at the Rock City Hotel, Kwahu Nkwatia.
This will be after the 2024 Budget Statement and Economic Policy is presented to Parliament on November 15.
But speaking on the floor of parliament, MP for Buem, Kofi Adams, cited the recent economic hardship and urged the House to consider hosting the exercise in Parliament to help save costs.
Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin, however, turned down his request.
According to him, he believes the request is opportunistic and propagandistic which just seeks to put Parliament in a bad light.
In the end, Speaker Bagbin ruled that the post-budget workshop be held in Parliament.
“Democracy has finally decided and the people have prevailed on their representatives to decide that this year’s post-budget workshop be held here in Parliament,” he said.