- Dr. Akwasi Jones Amoako Atta Ofori-Atta served as MP for Begoro in the 1960 and 70s
-An economist lecturer at the University of Manchester, he was Ghana’s deputy finance minister at the age of 31
- His son, Ken Ofori-Atta is now Ghana’s finance minister under the Akufo-Addo administration
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Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has lost his father, Yen.com.gh understands.
Dr. Akwasi Jones Amoako Atta Ofori-Atta died on Monday, November 30, 2020, Class FM reports.
A member of Parliament (MP) for Begoro in the 1960s, on the ticket of the Progress Party, in the second republic, Dr. Ofori-Atta was an economist lecturer at the University of Manchester, UK.
He was again elected MP for Begoro in 1979 under the third republic on the ticket of the Popular Front Party.
He also served as deputy minister of finance at the age of 31.
Fast forward, he contested for the flagbearership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 1996
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Yen.com.gh earlier reported Ken Ofori-Atta, admitting his job was not an easy one.
According to him, since he took up the job he had not been able to get enough sleep.
In an interview with Kwaku Sakyi-Addo on Asaase Radio, he said his sleep had been irregular since he started to manage the finances of the country.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, vowed to implement to the letter the Special Prosecutor’s recommendations on the Agyapa Royalties deal.
Addressing supporters of the largest opposition party during his campaign tour of the Ashanti Region, Mahama said the recommendations from the controversial corruption and anti-corruption risk assessment report on the deal will be implemented fully when elected as the president of Ghana in the upcoming general elections.
The former special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, earlier this month submitted his corruption and anti-corruption risk assessment report on the Agyapa deal to President Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to the report, there was reasonable suspicion of “bid-rigging and corruption” activity as well as the likelihood for “illicit financial flows and money laundering” in selecting the deal’s transaction advisor(s).
Amidu resigned from the post days after authoring the report, citing threats on his life and a series of traumatic experiences.
President Akufo-Addo ordered the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to send the deal back to Parliament for the approval process to commence all over again in the interest of transparency and accountability.
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