Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Subin Constituency in the Ashanti Region, has criticized individuals who support the continued tenure of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, labeling them as sycophants and populists.
He expressed his disappointment with fellow members of his own party who defend the Finance Minister’s continued presence, stating that they are harming the party’s interests.
In a live radio interview with Angel FM in Kumasi, Hon. Antwi expressed his belief that Ken Ofori-Atta’s extended stay is detrimental to the country’s economy. He maintained his stance that the Finance Minister should be replaced, but acknowledged that he does not have the authority to make such decisions. He emphasized that it’s ultimately the President’s prerogative to appoint and dismiss ministers.
This commentary follows recent calls from some MPs within the NPP for President Akufo-Addo to dismiss Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, citing perceived underperformance. Around 80 NPP MPs had called for his removal last year, primarily due to concerns over the 2023 budget and government finances. However, President Akufo-Addo responded that he would consider the request after the IMF deal was concluded. Despite the conclusion of the IMF deal, Ofori-Atta remains in his position.
Hon. Eugene Antwi reiterated that his stance on Ken Ofori-Atta’s removal remains unchanged, but he acknowledged that his individual capacity is limited in affecting this decision. He emphasized his commitment to addressing the concerns of traders and constituents in his constituency.
This situation highlights the internal debates and dynamics within the NPP, as well as the broader political discourse surrounding the performance of key government officials.