President Akufo-Addo has appealled to the Majority Caucus in Parliament to allow Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, and Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen to stay in office until after the IMF negotiation is done.
The Minister of Finance will stay “until the conclusion of the round of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the presentation of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy in November, 2022 and the subsequent passage of the Appropriation Bill after which time the demand will be acted upon.”
The said 80 New Patriotic Party MPs who called for the immediate dismissal of the Finance Minister and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry have accepted to president’s call.
According to them, the continuous stay of Ken Ofori-Atta in office was delaying the IMF bailout the country is seeking due to the fact that the Minister has lost all credibility.
They had thus petitioned the President to either remove him or face a boycott in Parliament.
Mr Andy Appiah-Kubi, spokesperson for the Majority caucus and MP for Asante-Akim North Constituency said “If our request is not responded to positively, we will not be present for the budget hearing, neither will we participate in the debate.”