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Parliament approves Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister

The Parliament of Ghana on Monday approved Ken Ofori-Atta as the substantive Minister for Finance, following the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo’s nomination for the position.

Commenting on the committee’s report, the Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu supported the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta but remarked that the Finance Minister receiving the committee’s approval by consensus does not imply the minority caucus was satisfied with his performance as a finance minister.

Mr. Haruna noted that Ofori-Atta should go and face his own poor performance and mismanagement of the Ghanaian economy for the last four years.

Also, he told the Finance Minister to endure the consequences of his inability to reconcile his fiscal data, by providing enough details of how much the Bank of Ghana financed the government of Ghana in the 2020 period.

In conclusion, Mr. Iddrisu demanded more information on these matters because, the Minority believes that Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta is in breach of the law, breach of the Bank of Ghana Act, in breach of Fiscal responsibility Act, and in breach of Public financial management Act.

But the Majority leader and Leader of Government Business, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu responded to claims of the Minority leader that with the concerns raised the Ghana Revenue Authority contracts, the Public Interest Accountability Reconciliation Committee (PIAC), and finally the Public Procurement Authority, therefore, the Minority leader can channel his concerns to the appropriate quarters for the Finance Minister to appear and answer them.

Following the back and forth, the first deputy Speaker of Parliament Joseph Osei Owusu who assumed the seat as Speaker posed the question, for those in favor to vote in voice YES or otherwise.

The House in voice voting voted YES in approving Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta as a substantive Minister for Finance.

 

By: Originalfmonline.com | Ghana | 91.9MHz

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