On 2012 budget debate…

Journalists urged to report fairly 

STORY: EVANS OSEI BAFFOUR, FROM PARLIAMENT

A one-day workshop has been held for members of the parliamentary press corps towards the dissemination of the 2012 budget statement and economic policy of the government of Ghana.

The platform was made possible to enable journalists reporting from the legislative body of the country to get themselves well informed on the key components of the budget in their various reportage.

The workshop, organised by the ministry of finance and economic planning, was under the theme:  “Infrastructural Development for Accelerated Growth and Job Creation.”

The Dean of the Parliamentary Press Corps, Andrew Edwin Arthur, in his opening remarks, thanked the ministry for the efforts put in place to ensure that members of his outfit are always taken through the normal routine of exposing them to the basic technicalities in government’s budget statements.

He tasked his colleagues to be circumspect in their reportage by refraing from being misled by some politicians who might engage them for their self centred ideologies.

Deputy Finance Minister, Seth Terkpeh, reiterated his government’s commitment to stabilise the economy and to ensure that human-centered projects are executed to benefit Ghanaians.

He added that his ministry is ready to bring to bear the major components that need further explanations to Parliament as it gets prepared to start debate on the 2012 budget.

The minister stressed the need for development partners and the various stakeholders responsible for the growth of the country’s economy to, as a matter of urgency, come to the aid of the government to help salvage the huge budget deficit.

Mr. Terkpeh called on Ghanaians, especially the opposition in Parliament, to support the government to pursue its ‘Better Ghana Agenda’ that it promised to champion.

The Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Larbi Siaw, in his presentation reiterated that no government in the world would take delight in over taxing its citizenry.

Participants were taken through series of topics by some seasoned resource personnel from the ministry.