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The Minority caucus of Parliament, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has reiterated its call for the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, to be fired due to alleged economic management incompetence.

At a press conference in Accra, Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson stated: The Ghanaians must be spared the agony of waking up tomorrow to find Ken Ofori-Atta still in charge of the economy. The President must spare them that.

The NDC instructed the party’s minority parliamentary caucus not to approve the president’s ministerial nominees, prompting the press conference.

The party said that Ghanaians were having financial problems and that the big government was to blame for its decision.

According to Dr. Forson, the minority caucus of the NDC will participate in the vetting the President’s ministerial nominees, but it will not support a consensus vote at the level of the appointments committee.

He stated that doing so would guarantee that the issue would be brought before the entire House for a secret vote.

He stated, “We in the Minority wish to make it clear that we remain committed to ensuring increased scrutiny and will spare no effort to protect the public purse.”

“In accordance with this, we are participating in the screening process so that we can, at the very least, examine the president’s decision to bring those nominees up.”

Dr. Forson stated that the Akufo-Addo regime’s six years of economic mismanagement had made life unbearable, if not nearly impossible, for millions of Ghanaians who struggle to make ends meet. Ghana is currently experiencing the worst economic times in its history.

It is difficult for many people to afford even one meal per day. Even more troubling, he said, is the feeding situation in senior high schools all over the country. Debt is too much for us to handle. This is the highest level of debt in the Fourth Republic at the present time, standing at over GHS 600 billion, or about 103% of our GDP.

He stated that Ghanaians were confronted with daily price increases beyond the reach of the majority of people and that inflation was galloping at hyper levels.

Dr. Forson urged the President to immediately reduce the number of political appointees in the Office of the President, bringing up the issue of the size of the government.

He engaged the President for decrease in the number of Ministers from the current 86 to 65.

The Minority Leader also called for combining ministries, citing the combination of transportation and Railways, information and communication, and Tourism and chieftaincy; and the local government and sanitation

Additionally, he requested an immediate reduction in the number of political appointees employed by the President’s Office.

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