President Akufo Addo has indicated that, he sees no basis for him to sack finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta.
Speaking in interview on Otec Fm in Kumasi, President Akufo Addod stated that, the finance Minister has performed his duties well and there is no need to sack him.
The President further explained that, the finance Minister cannot be faulted for the current economic hardship in the Country.
“I came to office in 2017 under a stringent IMF programme. This same man was able to manage the affairs of our economy in such a way that in my first term, we were one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.
“An average growth rate of 7% which allowed us to initiate programmes such as Planting for Food and Jobs. So somebody who has been able to do that. The current difficulties are not his fault. So how do I do it (sack him)? What will be the basis? What will be the rationale.”
“If we were to say he didn’t do well in the first term, then why did I renominate him for my second term? So for me, their performance my first time was excellent. Let me use that word. Excellent,” he added.
Some Ghanaians have called on the President to relieve the Minister of his duties due to the poor state of the Ghanaian economy.
Ghana, which is currently seeking support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is struggling to with its economy but despite the gloom, President Akufo Addo insists he will keep the Finance Minister.
Meanwhile, the Ghanaian cedi continue to depreciate against the Dollar and other major currencies as it exchanged for ¢12 to $1 in many places on Friday, selling at ¢12.10 at most forex bureaux or the retail market.
As a result of this, scores of Ghanaians have taken to social media to complain about the situation as they urge the government to take urgent steps to address the continuous depreciation of the country’s currency.