Dr. Konadu Apraku, a former Ghanaian Member of Parliament and politician who held various ministerial positions under former President John Agyekum Kufuor, expressed his personal opinion that he would have sacked Ofori-Atta if he were the President. However, it is important to note that the decision to hire or fire a minister is ultimately up to the President, who has the constitutional mandate to appoint and dismiss ministers based on their performance in office. Thus, while Dr. Apraku’s statement reflects his personal views, it does not hold any official weight in the government’s decision-making process. Ultimately, it is the President’s responsibility to evaluate and make decisions regarding his ministers based on their effectiveness and performance in their respective roles
Ofori-Atta is a well-regarded Ghanaian economist and politician who currently holds the position of Finance Minister under President Nana Akufo-Addo. Despite facing pressure from NPP MPs in October 2022 to dismiss Ofori-Atta for allegedly mismanaging the economy, the President refused to remove him and instead requested time to address their concerns. In the most recent ministerial reshuffle, Ofori-Atta retained his position, despite facing criticism from some Ghanaians and parliamentarians.
The MPs are asking for the sacking of Ofori-Atta for poor management of the economy.
Speaking on GTV on Monday, February 13, 2023, Dr. Konadu stated that he would have shown Ofori-Atta the exit door if he was at the helm of affairs.
“If I were the President [Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo], I would have listened to the MPs and sacked Ofori-Atta.
“In politics, you have to be sensitive to public opinion. Sometimes, it may not be the truth, but that is the sentiments, and the sentiments of the people need to be examined, and acted upon if it is possible. It’s a great deal for the NPP MPs to come out there to say they don’t want our Finance Minister, their own Finance Minister that they have worked with in the past,” Dr. Apraku said.
He added: “In a democracy, we have to be sensitive to the people. Lack of action exacerbates the problem, so you cut it off and cut your losses and I would have cut my losses and said please you have done enough, the environment is hostile to you so go. I would have changed him.”
Meanwhile, the government has assured persons who refused to exchange their bonds for new ones under the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme that their outstanding coupon payments and maturing principals will be settled.