by Stephen Kwabena Effah

September 4, 2017


IMF prog: Akufo-Addo’s gov’t deceived Ghanaians – Kwaye Ofosu

Nana Akufo-Addo told journalists the programme was not going to be extended after April 2018

Former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu says the Akufo-Addo government has deceived Ghanaians by extending the country’s credit facility programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Despite claims by some government officials that the programme was going to be reviewed when it expired on April 2018, President Akufo-Addo in July this year President Akufo-Addo discounted the possibility of extending the programme, stating “The IMF programme is not going to be extended”.

But the government on Wednesday reached a consensus for the programme to be extended by a year in view of the facts that the country failed to meet most of the targets set under the 3-year programme.

“The review is a very big deal and it represents a major deception on the part of the government,” Mr Ofosu Kwakye said on TV3’s New Day magazine show on Monday during the newspaper review segment hosted by Bright Nana Amfoh.

He argued the decision by the government to extend the programme was not surprising because the Akufo-Addo government knew what it was doing as regards the programme, even before it was elected.

“On the 29th March, 2016 during a public lecture at the KNUST, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia described the IMF Programme as a sham. In July 18 2016, President Akufo-Addo said the IMF Programme will not be continued. In Jane 17, 2017, Dr. Anthony Okoto Osei explicitly said the IMF will not help Ghana”, he recalled.

He however said on January 20, 2017, the enior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, said the IMF programme would be reviewed hence whatever excuses the government has been giving as the basis for the extension is untenable.

Felix Kwakye Ofosu

Mr. Kwakye Ofosu added that “if you say the IMF deal is a sham and we have multiple NPP functionaries say it will be reviewed, then they knew what they were doing and saying.

“The NPP demonized the IMF Programme and the fact that they have extended the programme means they have not managed the economy well”, he argued.

But in a sharp rebuttal, the Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region, Alexander Afenyo Markin, said “the NPP never said we’re going to suspend the IMF should we win.

“What we did was to criticize the government on certain grounds because they had all the natural resources and they have abused it. They had the oil money and were still going for loans”, the MP explained.

He added: “we are in government now; we have inherited the programme and realized that certain parameters must be completed to help us”.

Mr. Afenyo Markin said if there is a policy change, obviously the government needs to change its position, adding “it wouldn’t be unusual if it serves the best interest of Ghana”.

The programme

The Executive Board of the Fund on April 3, 2015 approved the 3-year facility to Ghana under which the country was expected to receive 918 million dollars.

Ghana has so far received a total of 464.6 million dollars. Among other things, the facility seeks to help Ghana restore its debt sustainability and macroeconomic stability to foster a return to high growth and job creation through agriculture and infrastructure investment, while protecting social spending.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

4 Comments

  • Enoch Apau says:

    Politicians in Ghana are getting matured but this confused ofosu kwarkye guy appears to still operate in the infantile and childish mentality. He does not grow. This kind of dark politics does not win anybody. Ghanaians know what we want. We have made our choice and we will stay with it until we have to decide again. If we find them ok, we will stick with them. It will be our choice. Not influenced by hungry politicians like Felix of Osu kwarkye

    • S.A.AGYEKU says:

      I have always maintained that any time npp is in govt the nation recesses 10yrs. Under j.a kuffour useless and not thought through properly social intrevention policies were introduced and to date none of them is working efficiently. If you have a party whose leaders are onlt interested in power. This will be the result. So that bawumia and nana ad do never read the IMF policy in opposition.

      Oh my God. Are these guys qualify to occupied the seat of Gh govt. Oh nòooo. We are indeed I deep trouble.

  • Mr K.O.A.Sintim says:

    That so call Mr F. O Kwarkye should refresh his political views and mentality. I think he’s an NDC witches in GH. He deserve to be in prison for life.

  • Can Felix Ofusu Kwakye go back and read his notes about what actually is in the IMF programme that his government under President Mahama signed and learn from the present government about economic management of a country like Ghana.
    Please give credit to Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and hos government for saving Ghana from economic mismanagement.

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