New measures: Some MPs want Ofori-Atta to speak in Parliament, we’ll examine that request – Oppong Nkrumah

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Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed that some Members of Parliament want the scheduled announcement of the new measures introduced by the government done in Parliament House by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta.

The Ofoase Ayirebi lawmaker said that request will be examined.

“I am not quite sure if that is the programme activity. Yes the Finance Minister will be speaking to the nation, I do understand that there are some who wants that to be done in Parliament , there is an indication that some MPs are requesting that he does that through parliament , we will examine it and see if it should be done in Parliament,” he said on the Good Evening Ghana programme on Tuesday March 22 when he was asked by the announcement.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo  has assured the nation that Mr Ofori Atta will be announcing the measures that have been taken by the government to tackle the economic challenges facing the country at the moment.

Mr Akufo-Addo said this during a meeting with Council of State members at the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday March 22.

He said “The Minister for Finance is going to have major engagement with the nation on Thursday where he is going to be in the position to lay out specifically the measures that we have taken or we intend to take to correct or put the ship of sail better.”

Mr Akufo-Addo further observed that the challenges that are facing Ghana are similar to those pertaining in many countries around the world.

He noted that it is no secret that Ghana is going through economic turbulence.

He said the government has the ability of finding solutions to the challenges.

“It is no secret that our economy is going through difficult times. It is also no secret that we are not alone in that exercise. The many of the phenomena that we are facing are phenomena that are apparent in many other parts of the world but that doesn’t therefore mean that government is impotent in trying to find solutions,” the President said.

On Monday March 21, the Ministry of Information announced that the just-ended Cabinet retreat held between Thursday, March 17 and Sunday, March 20 has seen tough decisions approved by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The decisions are set to be announced by the Minister of Finance later this week after meeting key social and economic stakeholders.

They are to ensure a turnaround for the economy.

Among the decisions is President Akufo-Addo approving a number of far-reaching measures aimed at mitigating the depreciation of the Cedi, ensuring expenditure discipline and providing relief in the face of global fuel price hikes and inflation as well as ensuring that priority programmes meant to grow he economy are protected, the Ministry said in a press release.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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