Finance Minister must face the Book – Minority

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The Minority in Parliament on Wednesday January 31, 2018, asked President Akufo-Addo to remove the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta as a result of adverse findings in a CHRAJ report against him.

Making the claims the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu said Ken Ofori Atta has not declared all his assets as required by law. The terms of the bond signed in 2017 were not clear on whether it was in cedis or in dollars. This, they said, was in contravention of BOG’s requirements. The period of the issue of the bond had also been breached.

According to the Public Financial Management Act[Act921] of 2016, government borrowing should be brought before the House but this was not done. There were also issues of conflict of interest and this was clearly stated in the findings that the extensive interest of the Minister in the securities market through shareholding in several companies also raised the potential for conflict of interests.

With other accusations of the breach of the Constitution the Minority is calling on the Finance Minister to resign, drawing attention also to the President not to allow his judgment to be clouded by the consideration of blood relations.

Source: John Kumado

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