By: Kingsley Attitsogbui|
The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said that the visit by the Minister of Finance and other officials of the Finance Ministry must reflect the 2024 budget.
Addressing a durbar of the Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta, and other officials of the Finance Ministry last Friday, October 27, 2023, at the St. Kizito Senior High School premises, which is one of the safe Havens, Mr. Ablakwa said the visit by the Finance ministry is an encouraging one.
“I want to place on record that as a Member of Parliament I feel so happy to see so many people from the Ministry of Finance here today. It means that the budget the Minister of Finance will be reading in Parliament in a few days from now will reflect this visit. There will be a special item in the budget for the VRA-induced flood victims as I call them. And so, we are very grateful to the Finance Minister, the Deputy and the VRA Chief Executive and all of you. We look forward to working together” he said.
Mr. Ablakwa noted that the biggest problem now is how to resettle the displaced victims from the camps because the children have been dislodged, which is affecting academic activities.
He indicated that the Chiefs have generously released lands for any means of resettlement for the people and that something needed to be done urgently as the students will write the same exams with others.
He noted that compensation for the victims is one thing he will not compromise for anything, that he had told the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Volta River Authority.
“As for compensation we will not compromise on that because people have lost everything properties, livelihoods and everything” he added.