would look at paragraph 6 on page 3 of the Report which states among all things that the Ministry's intention was to achieve four main Budget programmes namely, management administration, job creation and skills development labour administration.
Mr Speaker, in doing so, the Ministry was allocated a total sum of GH¢388,616,216.00. Out of the amount allocated, GH¢300,000,000.00 was targeted at the Nations Builders Corps which was introduced during the period. And so the Ministry was left with GH¢88.6 million to carry out its other activities. However, true to what was mentioned by the Hon Chairman, a number of activities were carried out.
My worry is the non-availability of the details of how these moneys were spent. For instance, GH¢50 million was spent on compensation which was understood, but with goods and services where GH¢34 million was approved, only GH¢18.5 million was released to the Ministry. One would have expected that with the numerous programmes that claimed to have carried out, for instance the youth enrolled on the Youth in Agriculture model where they intended to achieve 10,200 youths, only 1,200 was the actual outcome achieved. They also intended to enrol 1,000 youths on the trade and vocational model, yet at the
end of the day, they were unable to achieve anything.
Then on the youth enrolled on Entrepreneurship -- 2,000 too was targeted but the achievement was zero.
Mr Speaker, when you look at a number of targets the Ministry set for itself, they missed out on most of them and the question is, if they had given us details of the GH¢18.5 million they spent on Goods and Services, which we required and were assured that it would be made available to us before this Report is taken, then one would know for instance, exactly how much they spent on Arbitration of Conflict in the societies. This one talks about cooperative societies. For that one too, the target was 40 and they achieved zero.
Mr Speaker, these details are needed. They should not continue to give us global figures such that when we come, we only come to talk about the fact that the Ministry was given GH¢34 million for Goods and Services and GH¢3 million for CAPEX and then it ends there. I do not think it does this nation any good.
Mr Speaker, it is for this reason that I would insist that in spite of the fact we are taking this Report, the Hon Minister should be compelled to make
available those details so that we can know exactly what we are doing. Other than that, we would only speak to global figures all the time, and if there are some hidden issues that are not transparent, we would not be able to discover those ones.
Mr Speaker, it is important to also indicate that the YEA, during the period, was allocated GH¢515,834,919, but at the end of the day, the Agency only got GH¢227,913,677, and this represented 44.18 per cent. Why do we set so huge a target when we cannot even achieve 50 per cent?
For the seven years that I have been in this House, especially the last three years, I have observed that huge targets were set, big amounts of moneys were voted, and at the end of the day, some Ministries got only 25, 30 or 40 per cent of those moneys that were voted. I believe that those unrealistic targets that we set for ourselves is unbecoming.
In this particular Report, it is obvious that the targets that were set were not achievable and yet, we stuck to them, and the Ministry for Finance continues to refuse to release moneys for these various Agencies to carry out their activities. It is not surprising for me that sometimes global figures are
given and then the details are hidden so that we cannot even know exactly what goes on within these various Ministries.
Mr Speaker, before I sit down, I would want to reiterate humbly that you compel the Hon Minister for Employment and Labour Relations to give us the details of how he spent the moneys voted for Goods and Services. As for the CAPEX, we are told in this Report that they spent the entire amount in buying five pickup vehicles for the Inspectorate Division of the Ministry. That is understood, but what about the GH¢18 million that was given to them out of the GH¢34 million voted for Goods and Services? We need the details. It has been two weeks since we demanded for the details. We are considering the Report today, and still the Ministry has not been able to provide it.
Mr Speaker, with these words, I thank you for the opportunity to support the Motion for the adoption of the Report.