Over eighty (80) New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament have called for the sacking of the Finance Minister, according to Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to Citi FM in Accra, the President pleaded with the agitating MPs to allow Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister, to complete Ghana’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund before making a decision.
According to reports, President Akufo-Addo argued in a crunch meeting with lawmakers at the Jubilee House that the deal is nearing completion and that the MPs should wait a little longer.
The President says, terminating the appointment of Mr. Ofori-Atta will disrupt the programme. Led by Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, the Member of Parliament for the Asante-Akim North Constituency, the MPs held a press conference today and called for Ken Ofori-Atta and Charles Adu Boahen’s dismissals. He said: “The recent development within the economy is of major concern to our caucus and our constituents. We have made our grave concern known to our president through the parliamentary leadership and the leadership of the party without any positive response.”
“We are by this medium communicating our strong desire that the president changes the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry without further delay in order to restore hope to the financial sector and reverse the downward trend in the growth of the economy,” he added.
Relatedly, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has filed a motion to have the Finance Minister impeached. The Banda Ahenkro MP at a press briefing in Parliament on Tuesday, said both Majority and Minority leaders have already commenced discussion about the vote of censure against Mr. Ofori-Atta.
“The Honourable Haruna Iddrisu said it in a business committee yesterday. The motion is ready, he did not want to surprise the Majority Leader,” Mr. Banda said. Nana Akufo-Addo has asked Ken Ofori-Atta to be given three more weeks to conclude the IMF negotiations.
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