President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo must immediately take action to save his image by removing the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta from office, a Professor at the University of Ghana Ranford Gyampo, has said.
Prof Gyampo says Mr Ofori-Atta is not the only competent man in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to be the Finance Minister.
“The President must back down on his argument for the continuous stay in office.
“You said you had the men. Is Ken Ofori-Atta the only competent man or there are others? I say there are others.
“He should do something drastically to save his own image otherwise he will go down in history as the worst president in the fourth republic,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday October 29.
Some members of the Majority caucus on Tuesday, October 25 demanded the removal of the sector minister, Kenneth Nana Yaw Ofori-Atta, and the Minister of State at the Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen, as well as their deputies for the poor management of the country’s economy.
They threatened that they will have no business to do in Parliament for the government if this demand is not met.
“We are by this medium communicating our strong desire that the President changes the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State in the Finance Ministry without further delay,” Asante-Akyem North Member (MP) Andy Appiah-Kubi led the over 80 MPs.
“We want to serve notice, and notice is hereby served that until such persons as aforementioned are made to resign or removed from office, we members of the Majority Caucus here in Parliament will not participate in any business of Government by or, for the president by any other Minster.”
A meeting was subsequently called later Tuesday evening by President Akufo-Addo, who appealed for some time for his embattled ministers especially as Ghana is negotiating a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the 2023 budget is also being compiled.
Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on Wednesday, in an interview with TV3‘s Roland Walker, promised to go back to the aggrieved MPs for a meeting and get back to the President.
On Wednesday, he released a statement on the outcome of the meeting with all the Majority MPs.
“After deliberations among the Majority Caucus today, Wednesday, 26th October, 2022, it was agreed to accede to the President’s plea.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana