The majority of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs, who number over eighty (80), have asked for the dismissal of the Finance Minister. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged them to remain calm.
According to reports from Citi FM in Accra, the President begged the agitated MPs to give the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, time to wrap up Ghana’s talks with the International Monetary Fund before a decision is made.
According to sources, at a crucial meeting with the lawmakers at Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo urged that since the deal was almost finished, the MPs should hold off a little longer.
The program will be disrupted, according to the President, if Mr. Ofori-appointment Atta’s is terminated.
The MPs convened a press conference today and demanded the dismissal of Ken Ofori-Atta and Charles Adu Boahen under the leadership of Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, the Member of Parliament for the Asante-Akim North Constituency.
He declared: “Our caucus and our constituents are extremely concerned about the recent developments in the economy. Without receiving a supportive answer, we have communicated our grave concerns to our president via the parliamentary and party leadership.
In order to give the financial sector new optimism and halt the negative trend in economic growth, he continued, “We are strongly requesting that the president immediately replace the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry.”
In related news, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), an opposition party, has submitted a resolution to remove the Finance Minister from office.
At a news conference in Parliament on Tuesday, the Banda Ahenkro MP stated that discussions about the vote of censure against Mr. Ofori-Atta have already started between the Majority and Minority leaders.
It was expressed yesterday in a business committee by the Honorable Haruna Iddrisu. He didn’t want to surprise the Majority Leader, so the motion is ready, Mr. Banda stated.
Ken Ofori-Atta has been allowed three further weeks to complete the IMF negotiations, as requested by Nana Akufo-Addo.