The Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has apologized to Ghanaians for the economic hardships they are going through.
Appearing before the 8-member ad hoc committee that is investigating the allegations against him made by the Minority, on Friday November 18, he said “As the person, President Akufo-Addo has put in charge of this economy, I feel the pain personally, professionally and in my soul.
“I see and feel the terrible impact of rising prices of goods and services on the lives and livelihoods of ordinary Ghanaians, I feel the stress of running a business, but it is the strength and perseverance of the Ghanaian people that inspire me and my colleagues in government every morning”.
He added “That is what gives me the strength to press on and to find solutions and relief for Ghanaians to the myriad of problems that our country and the rest of the world are facing, especially since March 2020. Co-chairs, let me use this opportunity to say to the Ghanaian people what I believe, with courage, every finance minister around the world, may wish to say to their people now: ‘I am truly sorry.”
He further said he does not believe that the allegations made by the Minority in Parliament for his removal from has any weight behind it.
He told the ad hoc committee hearing the censure motion on Friday November 18 that the proponents’ allegations do not have “weight for censure.”
Mr Ofori-Atta said each of the allegations leveled against him were false and went on to debunk each of them.
On the allegation of deliberate misreporting of economic data to Parliament, he said it is completely not true.
“Since I took office in 2017, I have served the country with integrity and honesty.
“Under my leadership at the Ministry of Finance, there have been significant improvements in the accurate reporting of public finances.
“Today, under President Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanaians are enjoying greater accountability and transparency in the management of the public purse than any other period under the Fourth Republic.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana