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Ghana’s Finance Minister Ofori-Atta to face Agyapa critics

By Wilberforce Asare in Accra
Posted on Wednesday, 24 March 2021 14:09

Ghana's Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta speaks during the G-24 news conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Ghana's Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta speaks during the G-24 news conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The long-postponed vetting of Ghana's finance minister on Thursday 25 March may reveal the dynamics of President Akufo-Addo's second term: a divided parliament, and, perhaps, greater transparency in governance.

Ghana’s Finance Minister for the past four years Ken Ofori-Atta, has been re-nominated by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – his direct cousin – for another term of office.

Ofori-Atta’s long history in investment banking has not stopped opposition to his candidacy, both within his own party as well as from the main opposition party in Ghana, the NDC.

His nomination, like other ministerial appointments in Ghana, requires parliamentary vetting and approval. Already some members of the 26-member parliamentary vetting committee have served notice that they intend to subject his stewardship of the country’s exchequer for the past four years to strict scrutiny.