NPP MPs Decline Decision On Ofori-Atta, But…

by Isaac Mintah
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The members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Parliament have taken swift turn in their decision to boycott the upcoming budget to demand the removal of the finance minister, Ken Ofori Atta .

In a statement cited by the, the Majority Caucus in Parliament, Tuesday, declined its request for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediately dismiss Finance Minister before the 2023 economic statement and budget is presented.

It revealed the turnaround follows recent public and media tension after the President had engaged the Majority Caucus over the removal of the Finance Minister and Minister of State at the Finance Ministry.

The joint statement signed Tuesday, November 22 2022, by the Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh Dompreh and Justin Kodua Frimpong, General Secretary of the NPP, disclosed the aggrieved majority caucus has agreed to abide by the agreement they earlier had with President Akufo-Addo which will permit the minister go after conclusion of rounds of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which would be fed into the 2022 budget.

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Read full statement signed by majority chief whip and NPP General Secretary

The MPs also agreed to allow the Finance Minister present the 2023 budget statement and subsequent presentation and passage of the Appropriation Bill.

It must be noted that “the meeting agreed that the President will act upon the initial request of the NPP Parliamentary Caucus after the conclusion of these matters.”

The party leadership and majority caucus entreated the NPP MPs to resort to the use of the appropriate communication channels to address their grievances.

What Next?

Should the President fail to act on the initial request of his Members of Parliament, after the conclusion of the agreed matters captured in the joint statement; which is to immediately remove the minister of state for finance, what will be the Majority MPs next line of action?

Looking at the statement critically, deduced that although, there have been some sort of calmness among the MPs; they still hold on to their decision to sack Mr Ken Ofori-Atta from post after IMF dealings and 2023 budget reading.

The statement laid much emphasis on aftermath of the President’s request, concluding, It must be noted that, the meeting agreed that the President will act upon the initial request of the NPP Parliamentary Caucus after the conclusion of these matters.

It with the above statement that this magazine asked what next would be the line of action for the Majority Caucus MPs, should President Akufo Addo fail to act in their interest aftermath the IMF negotiations and 2023 budget presentation.

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