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Parliament Unanimously Approves Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister

Parliament has approved the nomination of Mr Ken Ofori-Atta for appointment as Minister of Finance.

His approval followed a unanimous recommendation by the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

The committee on Monday presented its report where members had by consensus, approved Mr Ofori-Atta for appointment as the Minister of Finance.

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The committee had recommended to the House to approve Mr Ofori-Atta’s appointment.

The report was presented by the Majority Chief Whip, Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, on behalf of the Chairman of the committee, Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu.

Parliament, as a whole, endorsed the report and approved the nomination by a voice vote.

Mr Ofori-Atta now awaits his swearing in by the President.

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Mr Ofori-Attah became the last of the President’s 46 appointees, comprising 30 ministers of state and 16 regional ministers designate, whose names were submitted to the committee for consideration and recommendation to the House.

Though scheduled for consideration among the nominees considered for the first batch, the nomination of Mr Ofori-Atta could not be considered because the nominee had to seek further medical attention in the United States of America.

Permission to that effect was accordingly sought and same was granted.

The committee met on March 26, 2021 and considered the nomination of Mr Ofori-Atta.

‘We’re not satisfied with his performance’

Seconding the motion for his approval on the floor Monday, the Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, told the House that Minority members on the Appointments Committee requested for some other information relating to the performance of Mr Ofori-Atta and had accordingly recommended that he should be approved by consensus.

“Mr Speaker, it does not mean that we are satisfied with his performance as Finance Minister. He probably will go and bear the brunt of his mismanagement of the Ghanaian economy in the last four years,” he said.

He said the appointee would bear the brunt of his inability to reconcile fiscal data, not providing enough details of how much the Bank of Ghana financed the government of Ghana in the 2020 period.

“We will demand more information on this matter because we are convinced that it is in breach of the law, Bank of Ghana Act, Fiscal Responsibility Act and Pubic Financial Management Act,” he said.

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