NPP MPs rejection of Ofori-Atta is enough even if they do not vote in censure motion – ACEP Director
Executive Director for Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Benjamin Boakye says the demand by the NPP MPs for Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to be dismissed is enough even if they do not participate in the vote of censure for the Minister to leave office.
Mr. Boakye noted that although the Majority MPs may not participate in the vote of censure, it is clear they want the Minister dismissed based on their recent demand.
“If it goes through a vote, the Majority may not participate in that vote, but clearly I mean everybody knows that they have voted. They have been out there telling us that they do not want him to even present the budget. They have told the whole world that they have lost confidence in him,” he told Emefa Apawu on The Probe, Sunday.
He said Ken Ofori-Atta should respect the democratic principles and resign as majority of his party members do not want him in office.
According to him, the delay in sacking the Finance Minister is worsening the country’s fiscal challenges.
“We are taking too long if we consider the kind of difficulties. We need to clear the air for confidence in the market and to people who want to deal with Ghana for us to come out of this difficulty, and I think this is an unnecessary addition to what we need to do to recover,” he said.
An Adhoc Committee was tasked by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin to within seven days, consider the Minority’s censure motion against Ken Ofori-Atta.
The Committee has already begun its hearing with the Finance Minister and some Minority members testifying before the Committee.
Ken Ofori-Atta while testifying before the Committee on Friday apologised to Ghanaians for the economic hardships in the country.
The Committee is expected to finalise its hearing and present its report to the House next week.