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Minority Files Motion To Remove Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta From Office



The Minority in Parliament has filed a motion to begin the process of removing Ken Ofori-Atta from his office as the Finance Minister.

The NDC MPs have garnered at least 100 signatures within its folds to commence a vote of censure proceedings against Ofori-Atta.

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The motion would invoke Article 82 of the 1992 Constitution that provides the grounds on which a minister or a deputy could be removed from office if admitted by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

By this, the Minority needed at least 92 signatories to commence the process.

Ofori-Atta would be the second minister of state such action may be taken against the Minority after a similar removal process, which was still pending before the House, was brought against the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu.

The Minority has in the recent past been calling for the removal of the Minister of Finance, following the decision of the country to resort to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout.

Ofori-Atta had insisted the country would not turn to the Fund for support in the face of worsening economic indicators.

He said “I can say; we are not going to the IMF. Whatever we do, we are not. Consequences are dire, we are a proud nation, we have the resources, we have the capacity. We are not people of short sight, but we have to move on.

“So let’s think of who we are as strong proud people, the shining star of Africa, and we have the capacity to do whatever we want to do if we speak one language and ensure that we share the burden in the issues ahead.”

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This u-turn, the Minority maintain strips the Finance Minister of any credibility to remain in the seat as Ghana engages the IMF on the economy.

Meanwhile, the government has revealed that the collection of tolls will soon be re-introduced on the Tema Motorway under the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MoRH) Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Presenting the Mid-year Budget Review on Monday, 25th July 2022, Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister said a draft Concession Agreement (CA) between GIIF and the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MoRH) is currently under review by the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Finance.

“When completed, the CA is expected to be approved by the PPP Committee, Cabinet and Parliament. The completed road will be tolled to recover the whole life cost of the completed infrastructure as well as pay lenders and provide a return for equity investors,” he disclosed.

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