- Cletus Avoka has disclosed that they were rushed into approving the finance minister
- The approval of the minister has rattled the leadership of the NDC in Parliament
- NDC MP for North Tongu and member of the Appointments Committee resigned from the committee as a result of the approval
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The National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament for Zebilla, Cletus Avoka, says Ken Ofori-Atta’s approval as Ghana’s Finance Minister was rushed.
“We were rushed into approving Ken Ofori-Atta and also approving the budget because of the time element of the house,” the former Interior Minister told Accra-based Starr FM’s Morning Starr programme monitored by YEN.com.gh.
Parliament on Monday, March 29, 2021, approved Ofori-Atta’s nomination by voice following the consensus recommendation by the Appointments Committee after two days of vetting.
The NDC’s rank and file are seething over Ofori-Atta’s approval, rejecting the explanation given by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as woefully inadequate.
Iddrisu explained in seconding the motion for the approval of Ofori-Atta on the floor of Parliament that the consensus recommendation by the was strategic to ensure the finance minister carries his own cross of economic mismanagement—a strategy Asiedu Nketia said will be critical to NDC’s return to power because the minister is bound to create a “mess” at the ministry, brightening the NDC’s chances of recapturing power in 2024.
NDC’s Bolgatanga Central MP, Isaac Adongo, disagreed with the course being traversed by the leadership of the Minority Caucus.
According to him, the finance minister “epitomises all that is wrong with our financial sector,” the reason he broke ranks with his colleagues.
North Tongu NDC MP and member of the Appointments Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa resigned from the Committee following the approval of Ofori-Atta.
Describing the resignation and the fallouts from the approval as disturbing, Avoka said: “When it comes to the approval of ministerial nominees, so many factors come to play. I have a principle that if you want to expose somebody; give him responsibility and all his weakness will come to play.”
In other news on YEN.com.gh, armed men reportedly shot and killed a man believed to be in his early 40s in a daylight robbery in Kasoa Opeikuma in the Central Region.
Sources close to the development told YEN.com.gh the deceased was returning from a bank holding a brown bag suspected to be containing an undisclosed amount of cash.
Four guys on a motorbike with one wielding a gun approached the deceased as he waits to board a taxi.
After a minute of silent conversation, the guy wielding the gun suddenly shot the deceased and made away with the brown bag.
The guys reportedly sped after the grisly encounter.
The police are yet to make any arrest, sources close to the development told YEN.com.gh.
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