Mr John Ampontuah Kumah, a Deputy Minister of Finance, has dismissed concerns that the government may be unable to pay public employees’ salaries in the coming months as incorrect.
Last Monday on the floor of Parliament, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin stated that information available to him indicated that the government might not be able to pay public employees in the next three months if key decisions were not made.
Mr Kumah, who is also the Member of Parliament for Ejisu, has denied the allegations. He said that the government was able to pay employees during the height of the covid-19 outbreak and that it would continue to do so.
“That is not true; even when COVID-19 hit the country and we were struggling as a country, we managed to pay all public employees on time,” he remarked.
“Workers were paid on time in January this year, and we are hoping that they will be paid on time in February as well,” he stated.
According to him, the Speaker of Parliament made a sincere appeal to all MPs to rise above partisanship and support the government’s domestic revenue mobilization programs, particularly the e-levy.
“I believe the Speaker made a sincere appeal to all Members of Parliament to move Parliament beyond partisanship and support the government’s domestic revenue mobilization programs, particularly the e-levy, so that we do not place the government under undue financial burden,” he said.
The Deputy Minister expressed confidence that the economy would not worsen to the point where the government would be unable to pay its employees.
Mr. John Ampontuah Kumah is a Ghanaian politician and lawyer who was born on August 4, 1978. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) until he was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Ejisu seat in Ghana’s general election in 2020 on the New Patriotic Party’s ticket (NPP).
On August 4, 1978, John was born. He is from Ejisu Odaho, a rural town in Ghana’s Ashanti Region’s Ejisu municipality. Kuma received his secondary school education at Kumasi’s Opoku Ware School. In 1997, he pursued his education at the University of Ghana (Legon), earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Philosophy. He received his MBA (Finance) from GIMPA in 2009. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Ghana and a Bachelor of Laws (BL) from the Ghana School of Law.
Source: Daily Graphic