- Akufo-Addo’s “cluelessness” as far as Ghana's exit of the IMF programme is concerned has become an issue
- NDC's Ibraham Amaliba says Finance Minister had to fix the President's gaffe
Lawyer and member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba, has alleged that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta had to abandon his wife in the middle of the night in order to clear up President Akufo-Addo's IMF gaffe during Tuesday's meeting with the press.
According to him, the president's response to some questions put before him, especially that which concerned the International Monetary Fund (IMF), depicted total cluelessness of happenings in the country.
Speaking on his maiden encounter with the media, having spent six months in office, the president stated that despite government's commitment to complete the IMF programme, it was "not going to be extended".
The president's comments led to criticism from the minority, who accused him of not being on top of issues, especially after he said the programme will end in April instead of December.
The minority's outbursts prompted the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to issue a statement explaining in detail what the president sought to say.
A statement issued by the Finance Ministry said President Akufo-Addo's statement "has unfortunately been misrepresented by some section of the media" and that "government will like to clarify that Ghana will complete the IMF programme throughout the budget cycle of January 2018 through December 2018 as stated by the president.
It further stated that “the president’s remark should, therefore, not be interpreted to mean that the government is pulling out of the IMF programme."
However, responding to the issue on Class FM, lawyer Amaliba of the NDC said the president, per his responses, "was found wanting", adding that "you noticed that there was a question asked as to how many jobs they’ve created knowing very well that these elections were fought on job creation, then the president says: ‘Oh six months, it’s not enough'."
He further alleged that the finance minister had to leave his wife at home in the middle of the night to move to various media houses, in a bid to mitigate the damage the president caused with his inaccurate statement.
According to him, Ken Ofori-Atta "left his wife yester-night [on Tuesday night] and was going to media houses to present papers and to correct the situation. The question you want to ask is when these IMF people come to Ghana, do they have the opportunity to meet the president?
"Because the president does not know that the whole of this country, Ghana, is exciting … You know there are certain things that you say doesn’t fit you at all, this is a no no for the president not to know when Ghana will exit the IMF programme, it’s below the belt…," he lamented.