Some members of the Majority in Parliament have petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to sack the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, over his poor performance.
The MP’s have also called for the sacking of the minister of state at the finance ministry, Adu Boahen.
The lawmakers believe sacking the duo for their poor handling of the economy would be a good step at addressing the economic malaise and also restoring public confidence in the economy.
Addressing a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday, October 25, a lawmaker for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah Kubi said “We are unhappy with the developments in the country, we consulted our constituents who also expressed same sentiments. We want the President to remove Ken Ofori and Chares Adu Boahen. We are by this medium communicating our strong desire that the President changes the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State in the Finance Ministry without further delay.
“We want to serve notice, and notice is hereby served that until such persons as aforementioned are made to resign or removed from office, we members of the Majority Caucus here in Parliament will not participate in any business of Government by or, for the president by any other Minster.
“We hope that those of us in the back bench and members of the Majority caucus will abide by this prayer. We are saying that if our request is not responded to positively, we will not be present for the budget hearing neither will we participate in the debate.” he added.
There have been multiple calls for Ofori-Atta to be sacked, from opposition politicians to civil society bodies and even some clergymen, but Akufo-Addo has steadfastly refused to take any action.
The President has staunchly defended his cousin, pointing to his performance in his first term before the COVID and Russia/Ukraine crises hit.
“I came to office in 2017 under a stringent IMF programme. This same man was able to manage the affairs of our economy in such a way that in my first term, we were one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.
“An average growth rate of 7% which allowed us to initiate programmes such as Planting for Food and Jobs. So somebody who has been able to do that. The current difficulties are not his fault. So how do I do it (sack him)? What will be the basis? What will be the rationale.” he said during a recent interview on OTEC Fm.