Minority threatens to remove Ken Ofori-Atta from office

Parliament approves Ken Ofori-Atta’s nomination as Finance Minister

Parliament approves Ken Ofori-Atta’s nomination as Finance Minister

Parliament approves Ken Ofori-Atta’s nomination as Finance Minister

Parliament has by a majority decision approved the nomination of Ken Ofori-Atta as Minister for Finance.

The decision followed a recommendation by the Appointments Committee that Mr Ofori-Atta be approved by the House.

The 26-member committee, chaired by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, in its fourth report, by consensus, recommended the approval of Mr Ofori-Atta whose vetting was delayed due to ill-health.

His approval brings to 30 the sector ministers and 16 regional ministers approved by the House to assist the president in the administration of the country.

Mr Ofori-Atta, who was the Finance Minister in the previous Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government, endured two days at the Committee on Thursday and Friday, answering questions mostly related to his stewardship at the ministry since 2017.

Moving the motion for the 22-page report to be approved on the floor yesterday, a member of the committee and MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, said Mr Ofori-Atta, has passed the test to be given the green light to run the ministry he had run for the past four years.

The report among other things provided Mr Ofori-Atta’s response to issues, including the botched Agyapa Minerals Royalty Transaction, Ghana’s debt position, the banking sector clean-up, public sector wage negotiation, GHC100 billion Ghana CARES programme and revenue collection.

Supporting the motion for the approval, Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said giving their blessing to Mr Ofori-Atta’s nomination did not mean MPs had let go their concerns relating to his conduct over the years.

To him, clarity has not been provided on the Bank of Ghana’s funding of central government last year, and the “unaccounted” GH¢2.4 billion oil money as reported by the Public Interest Accountability Committee.

Mr Iddrisu said “He is in breach of the Bank of Ghana Act, the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Public Financial Management Act,” referring to the central bank’s funding of government.

He stated that “An amount of GH¢2.4 billion oil money still remains a mystery. We need to resolve the puzzle and find adequate and satisfactory explanations as the where about of this money in order that it will justify optimum and prudent use of our oil resources.”

Mr Iddrisu maintained that his side of the House did not support the return of  the Agyapa deal for the purposes of securitising Ghana’s untapped gold  after government realised some US$230 million as royalty from gold mining companies.

He accused Mr Ofori-Atta of mismanaging statutory funds like GETFund, Road Fund, NHIS amongst others, making it difficult for the funds to undertake their obligations.

Mr Iddrisu, MP, Tamale South, said “We think he has created a mess as finance minister and he must carry the cross as Finance Minister”.

Providing clarification on issues raised by Mr Iddrisu the Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said Mr Ofori-Atta had provided answers in relation to the PIAC ‘unaccounted’ money and claims of sole sources projects.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is also NPP MP for Suame, said “if there are further issues we can invite the minister to respond to them.”

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