Parliament has by a consensus approved the nomination of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister.
This was after the Appointments Committee recommended his approval by consensus following his two-day vetting.
Majority chief whip Frank Annor Dompreh presented the report of the Appointments Committee on behalf of the chairman and first deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu who presided.
Minority Leader and ranking member for the committee, Haruna Iddrisu in seconding the motion argued that the support from his side does not mean satisfaction of performance of the nominee.
According to him, the minister run down the economy over the last four years and he must be made to face the consequences of his poor performance.
The Tamale South MP, however, assured the public that the minister will be made to account for oil revenues as flagged by PIAC and other issues raised during his vetting.
Ras Mubarak disagrees
But former Kumbungu MP for NDC, Ras Mubarak thinks the Minority’s reason for supporting the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta is flawed.
According to him, “the argument that the Finance Minister messed the economy so he should be approved to face it is so flawed. Would the Minority Leader hand over his car to a driver who out of sheer incompetence or negligence crashed his car?
“Secondly if the economy is messed up further by the one who crashed it initially as we are made to believe, it is the fed-up man or woman in the streets who suffers and not the politician who gets some things tax-free. If this were meant to assuage the base, it has backfired big time. We are not buying it”, he said.
Meanwhile, the NDC has a party has learnt its support to the its MPs in approving Ken Ofori-Atta, as asked the rank and file to remain calm over the matter.