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Gov’t deliberately set budget hearing to coincide with Black Stars Match – Ofosu Kwakye

The 2022 World Cup tournament is currently taking place in Qatar, and the government has been accused of planning the release of the 2023 budget statement to coincide with Ghana’s Black Stars’ opening match against Portugal.

Felix Ofosu Kwakye, a former deputy minister for communications, says this. The outspoken National Democratic Congress member and assistant to former president John Dramani Mahama asserted categorically that the government had scheduled the Thursday, November 24, 2022 budget presentation in consideration of the public attention that will be focused on the Black Stars match rather than the rather painful budget that will be presented.

This administration believes itself to be wise. The budget was timed to fall on Ghana’s match versus Portugal,” he claimed on social media.

The expected celebration over the football game won’t divert Ghanaians’ attention from the rather painful budget, he added, calling the upcoming budget “a killer one.”

After a convincing victory over Portugal, “we will return to discuss what will almost certainly be a killer and most painful budget,” he said.

The 2023 budget will be unveiled by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta just before the game begins, while the Ghanaian Black Stars prepare to battle their Portuguese opponents in what will be a much-anticipated victory for Ghana.

Ken Ofori-Atta will present the budget under pressure because of the harsh criticism he has received for holding onto his position indefinitely, and lawmakers are clamoring for his resignation.

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