Professor Ransford Gyampo says the consensus approval handed to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta after his vetting by the Appointments Committee raises concerns about the conviction of the Minority caucus in Parliament.
According to him, it is a betrayal of Ghanaians for the Minority to consistently criticise and make allegations against Mr Ofori-Atta and his decisions but yet go ahead and approve him after vetting.
“If you look at the minority’s approval of Ofori-Atta, it tells me we should take their criticisms with a pinch of salt and shouldn’t be taken seriously. The minority in my view does not have any principle and when they speak to issues that concern government, I think they must be taken with a pinch of salt. What Haruna Iddrisu said means he doesn’t have conviction. The Minority group in parliament now shouldn’t be taken seriously,” he told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Wednesday.
He however commended Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, who has broken ranks with his colleagues over the approval of the Finance Minister.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has charged Mr Ken Ofori-Atta to do all within his power to put the country’s economy on a sound footing as that is what the people of Ghana expect from him and from the Ministry of Finance post-COVID-19.
Addressing attendees of the Minister’s swearing-in ceremony at the banquet hall of the Jubilee House today the 30th of March 2021, after administering the oaths of office, allegiance and secrecy to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, President Akufo-Addo said the ravages of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 on the Ghanaian economy are obvious for all to see. However, the nation the President says is looking up to his administration and for that matter the Finance Minister to help rescue the economy from the damage caused it by the pandemic.
“Everyone who watched him (Ken Ofori-Atta) on national television at the Committee hearings can understand why I had little choice but to re nominate him to serve another four years as Minister for Finance and why by the Grace of God he will be at the end of my second and final term of office, the longest serving Finance Minister in the history of the fourth Republic” President Akufo-Addo stated.
“Over two days, he exhibited clarity of thought, a clear understanding of how to grow an economy, and what prospects the economy holds for the Ghanaian people. He provided a staunch defense for his record in office as Finance Minister from 17th February 2017, when he inherited a weak, faulting economy from the Mahama administration and helped nurse the economy back to good health by 6th January 2021” the President further noted.