NPP Presidential Aspirant Raises Concerns About Finance Minister’s Removal.
Kwadwo Nsafoah Poku, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential aspirant, has expressed doubts regarding the potential dismissal of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Poku believes that President Akufo-Addo’s familial relationship with Ofori-Atta could complicate any decision to remove him from his role. He suggested that the prevalence of “family and friends” governance has contributed to the nation’s underdevelopment, stating that Ofori-Atta’s continued presence should prioritize Ghanaian interests over personal ties.
Poku pointed out, “Nana Addo has a longstanding and close relationship with his cousin, Ken Ofori-Atta. This is why issues arise with the involvement of friends and family in government affairs. As a president, decisions should prioritize the nation’s welfare rather than personal preferences.”
He further elaborated, “Even if my cousin were highly capable, I would avoid placing myself in such a situation. Other capable individuals can fulfill the same role. This is to prevent potential family conflicts at home. Dismissing a relative, particularly a cousin, is a significant step that can lead to strained relationships.”
Despite mounting pressure from NPP MPs in October 2022 for the removal of the Finance Minister due to perceived economic mismanagement, President Nana Akufo-Addo has resisted calls to oust Ofori-Atta. The President engaged in discussions with the MPs during a meeting, requesting additional time to address their concerns.
In a recent ministerial reshuffle, President Akufo-Addo opted not to make any changes to Ofori-Atta’s position, despite public and parliamentary criticism. The MPs have advocated for Ofori-Atta’s dismissal based on concerns over his handling of the economy.