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NPP Communicator Refuses to Discuss IMF Deal, Advocates for Ministerial Presence

Former NPP National Nasara Coordinator Refuses to Discuss IMF Deal on Original TV

Abubakari Sulemana, a former National Nasara Coordinator of the New Patriotic Party, declined to participate in a discussion on Original TV regarding the conditionalities of Ghana’s deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Despite being invited as a panelist on the ‘Amanyosem’ show, Sulemana protested, suggesting that such matters should be addressed by government ministers and their deputies instead. He expressed his belief that while party communicators like himself sacrifice their reputation to defend the party, others are benefitting from state resources.

Sulemana urged government appointees to take responsibility and address the hardships faced by Ghanaians, emphasizing that the country would not have needed to seek assistance from the IMF if the government had managed its resources more prudently. He called for a reduction in the number of ministerial positions and criticized the lack of ministerial or deputy presence on the show.

The IMF board approved a $3 billion credit facility for Ghana on May 17, 2023, to be disbursed in installments of $600 million. The objective of the facility is to restore macroeconomic stability, ensure debt sustainability, and implement comprehensive reforms to foster resilience and pave the way for stronger and more inclusive growth, as stated by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.

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