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Politics of Saturday, 2 March 2013

Source: Citi FM

Minority was hasty with their state of the nation address – Kofi Adams

Kofi Adams has chided the minority in parliament for procceding to present what they termed as 'True State of the Nation’ address.

According to the spokesperson for former President Rawlings, most of the financial concerns raised by the minority will be captured in the 2013 budget which the finance minister will be presenting to the House soon, hence there was no need for the repetition.

“What the minority has jump the gun. There are some of the issues they raised there that surely will be captured in the budget. For example, if you want to go into the details about mentioning what the deficit is, the monies that went in terms of how much was over spent in the budget and all that; the minister of finance on the 5th of March will be in parliament to present the budget statement on behalf of the president.”

Speaking on Citi FM’s news and current affairs programme, 'The Big Issue' Mr Adams said the president’s State of the Nation address captured the important issues that government is working on to boost the economic growth.

He stressed that some people have limited their understanding of the state of the nation’s address “to the primary matter because it says the state of the nation. It is a governance term; it’s not an English word.”

The Deputy Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Bimbilla, Dominic Nitiwul, however downplayed claims that the minority leader was trying to usurp the powers of the president.

“The minority leader has never and will never try to usurp the powers of the powers of the president and say I am doing what I am not constitutionally mandated to do,” he added.