Kwabena Agyapong Calls For Resignation Of Ofori-Atta Over IMF U-turn

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Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance
Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance

Kwabena Agyapong has called for the resignation of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

Kwabena Agyapong who was a former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), made the call based on Ghana’s return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), despite the earlier claims by the Finance Minister about the country’s bright economic prospects.

He was speaking in an interview on The Hard Truth on Wednesday where he noted that the contradiction between the Finance Minister’s assuring remarks and the country’s subsequent request for an IMF bailout should be enough grounds for him to step aside.

“I would think that on the basis of what he said two weeks before to the country, which is that we will never go to the IMF and [that] we’re a proud country with the resources.When you speak like that, you should look yourself in the mirror and say, look I got it wrong. Mr President I thank you for giving me the opportunity and I should stand down [resign]’, he said.

The suggestion by Mr Agyapong adds to a series of calls urging the Finance Minister to resign over his poor management of the economy, like ex-President John Dramani Mahama and a former Chief of Staff under the Kufuor regime, Kwadwo Mpiani, have all impressed upon Mr Ofori-Atta to quit his job.

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