Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo has described as disappointing, the consensual approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister in President Akufo-Addo’s second term.
According to Mr Adongo, Ken Ofori-Atta is a ‘scam’ for the country and does not deserve to be retained as Minister in charge of the economy for the next four years.
“I did not want to be seen as endorsing somebody that I believe is a scam on Ghana. Ken Ofori-Atta epitomizes all that is wrong with our financial and the economic sector of Ghana and I will be the last person to endorse such a move and that is why I wanted the records to show that I’m absent,” he said.
Both Majority and Minority members of the House on Monday, approved the appointment of Mr Ofori-Atta after two days of rigorous vetting.
The Minority MPs who incurred the wrath of their party’s grassroot members over the approval explained that they agreed to Mr Ofori-Atta’s appointment to enable him ‘fix the mess’ he created in his first term.
But speaking to the Parliamentary Press Corps, the Bolga Central MP who doubles as the Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament’s Finance Committee said there are more ‘credible’ people in the governing New Patriotic Party who relief the country of Mr Ofori-Atta’s ‘mess’.
“I feel very disappointed with that comment. You cut your losses, he’s messed us up to this point in time and there are very credible people within the NPP who can take the most difficult task of turning the country around. As I speak today, I am telling you that one of his schemes is to collapse with us a zero-coupon bond.
“The consensus was reached at committee; I was not at committee to have the full facts with which they made the decision to go consensus. But having had consensus, you cannot be agitating on the floor of the House,” he lamented.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo swore in Ken Ofori-Atta at the Jubilee House on Tuesday to begin his second term.
In his acceptance speech, the Finance Minister said he will work to ‘protect the gains’ made in the Government’s first term and build a Ghana Beyond Aid