In February of this year, Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson gained attention for his tough questioning of Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong, during the vetting process.
During the vetting, Ato Forson asked Bryan Acheampong to convince Ghanaians about his credibility if given the position. In response, Bryan retorted, “Today, you don’t trust me? You should be testifying to my credibility. Ei Ato!”
The same expression resurfaced in parliament on Thursday, August 3, 2023, during a review of the 2023 Mid-Year Budget presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on Monday, July 31, 2023.
Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo Markin challenged the claims made by the Minority Leader and some minority members regarding the finance minister’s presentation. Afenyo-Markin cited the $3 billion petroleum-based China Development Bank (CDB) loan agreement from 2011 and pointed out that Ato Forson failed to successfully secure the loan for Ghanaians. He also criticized Ato Forson’s management of the IMF deal situation in 2014.
Afenyo Markin further highlighted the achievements of the NPP government, such as Free SHS and landing beach projects, and accused Ato Forson of not improving the lives of people in the Central Region during his tenure.
He emphasized that Ato Forson and the NDC had an opportunity to rule for eight years but failed to deliver on their promises. In contrast, the current government has made significant strides in various sectors, including education and fisheries, while facing criticism from the opposition.
The exchange in parliament showcased the contrasting views and opinions of the two parties and their representatives, with Ato Forson coming under scrutiny for his previous actions and decisions during his time in office.