According to the NDC Minority in Parliament, the budget presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is nothing to write home about; some have even referred to it as a budget for funerals.
Nevertheless, Afenyo-Makin stated that Ato has no right to criticize the Finance Minister because the NDC did worse than this while they were in charge during the budget review on Thursday, August 3, 2023, which was covered by 1Family Radio.
“This is the same Ato Forson. Ato, is it the same you? Eii Ato! Were you not the person who could not draw down on the CDB loan? Were you not the same person who could not implement successfully the IMF facility disbursement seed?’’ he quizzed.
“Are you not the same person? Yes! I tell you on authority that during your time, you could not successfully implement the IMF deal. Sit down!’’
“Mr. Speaker, this is the same Ato Forson who today seeks to create an impression about the Finance Minister?’’ he asked again.
“Mr. Speaker, this is the same Ato Forson; the NDC had not introduced any new person. Mr. Speaker, they have not introduced any new ideas. The NDC, led by Ato Forson in this parliament, is not new to this economy. They had the opportunity to rule; they were in office for 8 years; they failed Ghanaians,’’ he said.
He proceeded by saying that Ato Forson should be ashamed of himself for being unable to do anything to reduce the degree of poverty in his region when the NDC was in power.
“Ato Forson, the then Deputy Finance Minister from the Central Region, could not do any physical infrastructure to turn around the coastal economy.’’
“Ato Forson and his NDC MPs at the time could not do anything to alleviate poverty levels, but today they are enjoying the liberties of opposition to criticize this government. It is rich to hear Ato Forson and his NDC MPs attacking Ken Ofori-Atta on grounds of competence,’’ he added.