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Parliament approves Three Billion for Interior Ministry for 2020

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The total allocation to the Ministry of Interior for the 2020 financial year is Three Billion, One Hundred and Sixty-Two Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty-Three Ghana Cedis (GH¢3,162, 979, 633) for implementation of its programmes in 2020.

According to the report by Defence and Interior, “compensation of employees would be allocated the highest amount in terms of economic classifications and capital expenditure would be allotted the lowest”.

Allocations by Donors are the lowest contributors to the Ministry.

“Out of the 1% allocation to capital expenditure, more than 50% is sourced from Governnent of Ghana (GOG) and 25% is from donor partners.

Internal Generated Funds (IGFs) contribute the least towards all economic classifications, the lowest being raised towards economic classification.

On the issue of proliferation of games in the country nowadays,  The Gaming Commission will in 2020 seeks an approval for the amendment of the Gaming Act, 2006 (Act 721) and develop a Legislative Instrument (L.I.) to give effect to the Act.

“The Commission will undertake monitoring activities to curb illegal gaming to ensure responsible gaming and continue with the process of the review of the gaming landscape in the country”, the report noted.

The Committee however, observed that the delay in releases of GOG budgetary allocation coupled with difficulties in assessing releases continue to be a challenge to most of the Agencies under the Ministry.

The situation, the report said it has become “a regular occurrence which adversely affects the implementation of some planned programmes and activities of the Ministry and its Agencies”.

The Committee therefore,  reiterated its recommendation in preceding years that the Ministry of Finance should ensure timely releases of the GOG budgetary allocation particularly, for Goods and Services to enable the Agencies effectively implement their planned programmes for the year 2020.

Story filed Edzorna Francis Mensah

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