‘’If he (John Jinapor) goes back to check the books in Parliament, he will come to the realization that the finance Minister brought a supplementary budget asking for 600 million Ghana Cedis to spend on the Nation Builders Corps (NABco). So you just don’t wake up from sleep and because there is a microphone before you, you open your mouth and start talking without crosschecking your facts’’
Those were the unfriendly and uncharitable words of the deputy Minister for information, Pius Enam Hadzide for Member of Parliament for Yapei/ Kusawgu, and Member of the Finance Committee in Parliament, John Jinapor.
It all began when information Minister-Designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on the 9th of October 2018 announced that financial clearance has been given for government to employ some 145 thousand people under the various employment modules introduced by government.
He went further to indicate that the clearance will cover some 24, thousand nurses and other health professionals, 9,500 teaching and non-teaching staff, 7 thousand Agric extension officers, 1 thousand afforestation personnel and the 100 thousand NABco beneficiaries among others.
His announcement was however rebutted by Mr. Jinapor who told the information minister-designate off, saying ‘’nobody has given any clearance for people to be employed’’.
He went further to say that the monies government intend using for the job creation drive was the District Assemblies Common Fund and that the committee in parliament refused to approve it when the administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund Irene Naa Torshie Addo submitted it for approval.
But the deputy information Minister says Mr. Jinapor is not abreast with happening in the legislature and would have been aware that in the finance minister’s supplementary budget, it was captured that 600 million cedis will be spent on the employment drive.
‘’Members of Parliament must avert their minds to what is brought before them’’ he said.