Governments must be stopped from spending in election year – Nitiwul

Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament Dominic Bingab Nitiwul says he will advocate for passage of a law that will stop governments from spending in election years.

He said the National Democratic Congress’ expenditure in the last quarter of 2012 has influenced his position.

“I will start advocating for a law that stops governments from spending in the last year, especially in the last quarter of the year,” he said on TV3’s News @ 10 on Wednesday.

According to Member of Parliament for the Bimbilla Constituency, the Mahama-led NDC government spent as much as GH¢700 million on campaigning last year.

“The Youth and Sports Ministry alone spent over GH¢300m last year,” he stated.

“GH¢8.7 billion is the total government spent in the last quarter,” he added.

He alleged that the usage of the money on government projects like the Local Enterprises and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP) and Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Dvelopment Agecny (GYEEDA) was ostensible.

“It went into campaigning,” he stressed.

“We are choked with debt now,” he noted.

“Government has overspent,” he added.

He also pointed out that there are no “visible” projects commensurate with the excessive borrowing of the NDC.

“If you look at the quantum of money borrowed by NDC, they are the government that’s borrowed more than any other government since independence.”