The Appointment Committee of the 8th Parliament on Thursday, 25th March 2021 started the process of vetting President Akufo-Addo’s nominee Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta. The Appointment Committee was not able to vet the Finance Minister at the time of the vetting precess, because he travelled to the US for a special medical review based on his Doctor’s advice. Practically, this was as a result of the complications he suffered after recovering from Covid-19 in December 2020.
Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta made a special request to be vetted appropriately as his medical condition was not going to allow him to be vetted within that period, for which the Appointment Committee granted. In that case, he was due to return in two weeks but was unable to make it on time.
While he was away, Majority Leader and Minister of Parliament Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu was appointed by President Akufo-Addo to take charge as interim Minister of Finance. The Member of Parliament (MP) for Suami, presented the 2021 Budget Statement on Friday, 12th March 2021.
On the first day of the vetting, the Parliament’s Appointment Committee asked relevant questions that called for some quick responses from the Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta. Touching on the new taxes and levies introduced by government to increase revenue; he said, “we need to create a society where we create opportunities as we grow and also be able to share the burden”. See the image below!