The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin’s assertion that government might not be able to pay salaries in the next three months has been debunked by Deputy Finance Minister John Kumah.
Speaker of Parliament revealed last week in Parliament that government may not be able to pay salaries in the next three months and urged the leadership of the house to sit up.
“This is not to discourage the committee from doing their work. If something is not done within the next three months, the government may not be able to pay salaries.
“So we have to take leadership. We have to do a lot of things,” he said.
The Speaker’s concerns were raised amid labour agitations for better conditions of service as well as the rising cost of living, even as the government struggles to get through the controversial Electronic Transaction Levy, which it has touted as a major remedy to the country’s many financial challenges.
But Mr. John Kumah indicated that it is not the true government cannot pay salaries.
“It is not true. Even when Covid-19 hit us hard, and we were struggling as a country, we still managed to pay all public workers and on time. In January this year, workers were paid on time. We are hopeful that February will be paid on time.”