Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South and a former presidential staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak, has asked for increment of budgetary allocation for ministry of foreign affairs.
In an interview with Today at the weekend, Dr.Apaak observed that the ministry of foreign affairs had got many responsibilities to perform, and considering the financial appropriation to that ministry for the year ending 31st December,2018, wondered how the ministry could perform it’s required responsibilities with such an inadequate budget.
“Looking at the current inhuman incidents happening in most places across the world , especially, the recent incidents in Libya where Ghanaians are being sold as slaves, requires the ministry to move in to protect and save dear citizens. I wonder how this could be done without adequate funding, especially in the areas of goods and services.
“How can we ask for better services when we do not provide the needed funding to enhance the ability of our foreign missions to perform, “Dr.Apaak quizzed.
He therefore, urged parliament to call on the ministry of finance to consider increasing the budget of the ministry of foreign affairs, so as to assist them in the delivery of their mandate.
Dr. Apaak consequently appealed to the ministry of finance and the government to consider revising the cap on Internally Generated Fund (IGF) to allow the ministry of foreign affairs to have more resources to fulfill its mandate and objectives ,including the establishment of passport application office in the Upper East Region, since “it is among one of the four remaining regions without a centre”.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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