Outspoken political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo says the consensus approval of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta by the Appointments Committee of Parliament raises questions about the credibility of the Minority caucus.
According to him, it is a betrayal of Ghanaians for the Minority to have consistently criticize and made allegations against Ken Ofori-Atta over the last four year, and yet go ahead and approve his nomination after vetting.
“If you look at the Minority’s approval of Ofori-Atta, it tells me we should take their criticisms with a pinch of salt and they shouldn’t be taken seriously,” he said.
Prof. Gyampo said in his view, the minority does not have any principle and when they speak to issues that concern government, they should not be taken as credible.
His criticism comes on the back of Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu claiming that they approved of Ken Ofori-Atta’s nomination because they felt that since he “messed up” the economic in the last four years, he would be put there to fix it.
But Prof. Gyampo said “What Haruna Iddrisu said means he doesn’t have conviction – the Minority group in Parliament now shouldn’t be taken seriously.”
He however commended Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, who has broken ranks with his colleagues over the approval of the Finance Minister.
North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has also resigned from the Appointment’s Committee just a day after the approval of Ken Ofori-Att in Parliament. He cited personal reasons, but his resignation has been linked to the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta.
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn the finance minister in and charged him to do all within his power to put the country’s economy on a sound footing as that is what Ghanaians will expect from him and from the Ministry of Finance post-COVID-19.