Pressure group, Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) alongside Coalition of Affected Customers of Savings and Loans Companies, Coalition of Menzgold Customers and the Coalition of Aggrieved Customers of Gold Coast wants the Appointment Committee of Parliament to reject Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
They have therefore petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to reject the nomination of Mr. Ofori-Atta as the Finance Minister-designate since he failed to impress in President Akufo-Addo’s first term, saying, he supervised the collapse of several financial institutions which has led to pain and death of some depositors.
They also described him as not fit and proper to occupy such a position.
In a 37-page petition document, the group appealed to Parliament and the Vetting Committee to reject Mr Ofori-Atta’s nomination.
Lead Speaker and Executive Secretary of ASEPA, Mensah Thompson said Mr. Ofori-Atta should be prosecuted for taking many poor decisions that affected the financial sector.
“Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta should be standing criminal prosecutions instead of vetting by the appointment committee of parliament based on the various violations of our laws, various misconducts and the activities of Mr Ken Ofiri-Atta between 2017 and 2021”, they said.
Mr. Thompson said the appointment committee should put the interest of the country first by rejecting Mr. Ofori-Atta as the Finance Minister.
“We’re also sending a word of caution to members of the appointment committee that we know of plans far advanced to induce members of the appointments committee to approve the nomination of Mr Ken Ofori-Atta even though he knows for a fact that he’s unfit to occupy the position”, he added.
In addition “we are sending a word of caution to them that we’re watching them and the people of Ghana will hold you to account on their conduct on the committee. We are also sending a special warning to the members of the NDC caucus of parliament that this time round it is not business as usual that the minority will have their say but majority will have their way.”
“This time round they have equal strength like the party in power and so we the people