President John Mahama has backed calls for Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to be sacked, saying his engagement with the IMF is not reason enough to keep him around in government.
The former president without mincing words during the much-anticipated forum on the theme, “Building The Ghana We Want” in Accra on Thursday, 27th October 2022 was blatantly not convinced about the appeal made by President Akufo-Addo that the minister should be given more time to conclude talks with the International Monetary Fund and the subsequent passage of the 2023 budget.
Mr Mahama revealed that he was keeping tabs on recent happenings concerning the Finance Minister where the Minority has kick-started a motion of censure against him and the call of a group of Majority MPs for his sacking then the speed at which the President used to convince the Majority group to stand down their demand.
He said the reasons given by President Akufo-Addo are not good enough and Ken Ofori-Atta should be replaced so that a more experienced and competent person can take over, adding that the International Monetary Fund’s engagement is teamwork and not individually.
“I think this is untenable. Budget preparation and IMF negotiations are the results of teamwork. They are not the work of one individual. I fail to see how the absence of the minister will affect the preparation of the budget and the negotiation with the International Monetary Fund. There surely must be persons with the requisite experience in the NPP to carry on this work. After all, what happened to the mantra we have the men?”
For confidence to be restored in the economy, Former President John Mahama advised that the Economic Management Team should be overhauled.