Madam Speaker, I beg to second the motion numbered 7, on page 2 of the Order Paper, that this Honourable House approves the sum of GH¢35,122,834.52 for the services of the Ministry of Information for the 2010 fiscal year. And by this, Madam Speaker, I wish to present your Report.
1.1 The Annual Estimates of the Ministry of Information (MOI) were referred to the Select Committee on Communications for consideration and report in accordance with Orders 140 (4) and 182 of the Standing Orders of the House. This followed the presentation of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government for 2010 to the House by the Hon Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor on Wednesday, 18th November, 2009 in accordance with article 179 of the Constitution and Order 140 (1) of the Standing Orders of the House.
The Committee met on Tuesday, 8th December, 2009 to consider the referral. The Hon Minister for Information, Mrs. Zita Okaikoi accompanied by her two Deputies and officials from the Ministry and its asgencies attended the sitting. The sitting was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP) and the Audit Service.
2.0 Reference Documents
i. Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992;
ii. The Standing Orders of the Parliament of Ghana;
iii. The Budget Statement and Economic Po l icy o f the Government of Ghana for the 2010 Financial Year;
development programmes to facilitate increased efficiency in the media; and
projection of the image of the country, in collaboration with other government agencies to attract foreign investment in consonance wi th government po l icy of promoting social equity.
Madam Speaker, in 2009, this august House approved a total amount of forty- one million, two hundred and fifty-five thousand, two hundred and eight Ghana cedis (GH¢41,255,208) for the Ministry of Information.
This was made up of: fifteen million and twenty-seven thousand, one hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢15,027,100) from the Government of Ghana; fifteen million, four hundred and thirty-five thousand, eighty-six Ghana cedis (GH¢15,435,086) as Internally Generated Funds, and ten million, seven hundred and three thousand, twenty-two Ghana cedis (GH¢10,703,022) coming from donor funds.
This enabled the Ministry to undertake the following activities:
organizing our regular “Meet- the -Press” sessions and press conferences for MDAs;
embarking on regional and district tours to explain government policies and programmes;
discussing topical issues and government policies; and
e n s u r i n g t h a t t h e G h a n a Broadcasting Corporation was able to commence its Sony digitalization and mounted a publicity campaign on the 2009 Budget, the pre-mix
events including parliamentary hearings;
continue to organize the weekly Meet- the-Press sess ions for MDAs;S and
ensure that the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation is able to meet its 2010 deadline to migrate from its present analogue system to the digital system in consonance with ITU demands.
Madam Speaker, the Ministry of Information's approved budget for 2009, apart from personal emolument, was two million, three hundred and twenty-one thousand and fifty-four Ghana cedis
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation is, for instance, requesting for a special investment to enable it complete a number of projects including the GBC Sony Project, replacement of some FM and TV transmitters and shortwave transmitters.
Madam Speaker, I respectfully move, that this august House approves an amount of thirty-five million, one hundred and twenty-two thousand, eight hundred and thirty-three Ghana cedis, fifty-two pesewas (GH¢35,122,833.00) for the Ministry of Information for the 2010 financial year, hoping that the Ministry will be considered in any Supplementary Budget by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in the course of the financial year.
I beg to move.