President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked former Deputy Finance Minister, Charles Adu Boahen to act as his representative at the Ministry of Finance while Ken Ofori-Atta’s is away for medical review in the United States.
This was contained in a press statement from the Office of the President signed by the Chief of Staff, Madam Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.
The statement said, “Pending the absence of the President’s Representative at the Ministry of Finance, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, I am directed by H.E. the President to request that you act as his representative at the ministry”.
The statement added that the directive is in accordance with section 14 (5) of the Presidential (Transition) Act, Act 845, (2012).
Frema Osei-Opare urged Mr. Adu Boahen not to take any decision with regard to policy issues.
It would be recalled that Finance Minister-designate, Ken Ofori-Atta travelled to the United States of America on Sunday, February 14 for further treatment due to complications after recovering from COVID-19.
The Finance Minister-designate is expected to be away for two weeks.
He was scheduled to appear before the Appointments Committee on February 18, 2021, for his vetting but has written to the committee to reschedule it.
There were rumors that he has passed on a day after he left the country for the states, but his personal assistant sent a message and a picture of him indicating that he arrived safely and was in “good spirit”.