Akufo-Addo Will Never Sack Ofori-Atta: Clement Apaak Resurrects Push To Remove Finance Minister
- Dr Clement Apaak has reminded President Akufo-Addo that he promised to sack finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta once the IMF deal was obtained
- Dr Apaak said he doubts that the president will sack the finance minister who has been under pressure from both the Minority and Majority sides to resign or be sacked
- IMF's Executive Board approved Ghana's request for a $3 billion loan to fix Ghana's troubled economy this week
- In a post on Facebook, Dr Apaak, NDC MP for Builsa South said he doubts that the president will sack the minister despite the widespread calls for him to do so
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National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Builsa South Dr Clement Apaak has stoked calls for Ken Ofori-Atta, the finance minister, to be fired over claims that his poor management of the economy has landed Ghana in an economic conundrum.
Last year, all the legislators on the Minority side and about 90 MPs of the Majority caucus were unanimous in their call for the minister to resign.
At the height of the push to get Ofori-Atta sacked, President Nana Akufo-Addo stepped in and calmed tempers with the promise to sack his cousin after negotiations to secure the $3 billion IMF bail out to rescue Ghana's troubled economy was complete.
Earlier this week, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund approved the deal, paving way for at least $600 million, representing the first part of the three scheduled disbursements, to hit the accounts of the Bank of Ghana on Friday, May 19, 2023.
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Akufo-Addo must fulfil his promise to sack Ofori-Atta
With that important milestone reached with the IMF, the minority MP for Builsa South, Dr Apaak, wants the president to stick to his word.
"I've long maintained that NADAA [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] will never fire Ken Ofori-Atta. Maybe he will prove me and many others wrong. We live to see!" he posted on Facebook.
Free SHS and other programmes safe under $3 billion IMF bailout
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported in a separate story that the finance minister has given the assurance that the free SHS programme will not be affected under the $3 billion IMF programme.
Ken Ofori-Atta gave this assurance on Thursday, May 18, 2023, during a press conference organised by the IMF and the government of Ghana.
He said the programme with the Bretton Woods institution is clear on protecting the vulnerable in the Ghanaian society.
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