President Akufo-Addo has explained why he appointed former Chairman of Databank, Ken Ofori-Atta Finance Minister. He said it’s as a result of high level of competence exhibted in managing the country’s economic affairs in the first term. He provided a staunch defense of his record in office from 17th February 2017, when he inherited a weak, faltering economy from the Mahama Administration, and helped nurse the economy back to good health by January 6 2021, he said.
The President made this comment at the swearing-in of Ken Ofiri-Atta on Tuesday, January 30 2021 at the Jubilee House. This follows the vetting and subsequent approval of Mr Ofiri-Atta as Finance Minister. At the event, President Akufo-Addo express delight in the approval, indicating that it was the best gift that the House gave him on March 29th which happens to be his birthday.
“I commend Parliament for the bi-partisan manner with which it did it’seems work. I’mean grateful to the house for giving a good birthday present with approval of the Minister on my birthday. He further stated that he was impressed with the Finance Minister’s performance during his vetting. “Everyone who watched him on national television at the Committee hraring could understand why I have a little choice but re-nominate him to serve another fours years as Minister for Finance”.
“Over two days, he exhibited clarity of thought, a clear understanding of how to grow an economy and what prospects the economy holds for the Ghanaian people”, the President said. He highlighted what public service means to him and outlined plans he to revitalised the Ghanaian economy and restore it to the kinds of growth and expansion witnessed before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He’s among 46 ministers who have been sworn into office by the President to help manage the affairs of the state in his second term.