Governance lecturer at the Central University, Dr. Benjamin Otchere-Ankrah has questioned when the president is planning on expelling the Finance Minister now that the IMF deal has been secured.
A few months ago, some Ghanaians and Members of Parliament called for the resignation of Ken Ofori-Atta as the Minister of Finance for mismanaging the country’s economy.
However, the president pleaded that the minister be allowed to finish the bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to the president, since Ken was the person who began the arrangement with the IMF, he should at least stay in office until the deal is done.
Fortunately, the Executive Board of the IMF approved the $3 billion deal for the country. “Congratulations to President Nana Akuffo-Addo and his team on the $3 billion IMF-supported program approved by our Executive Board,’’ a statement by the IMF noted.
In reaction to this, the lecturer has asked the president to organize a send-off party for the Finance Minister in accordance with the promise he made to the entire nation.
“Long ago, we heard some MPs saying that the Finance Minister should resign, and the President pleaded that we should wait for him to finish with the budget arrangements and the IMF deal, and when he is done, he will allow him to go,’’ Dr. Ankrah stated in an interview on Peace FM, monitored by 1Family Radio.
He continued that he is patiently waiting for the send-off party of the Minister of Finance, and he might even be a guest at the event.
“So, if he has finished, we are waiting for the president to know whether he will let him go or he will exit by himself. “I will attend it; in fact, I will be the MC for his send-off,’’ he added.