Following the reading of the 2024 Budget and Financial Statement on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, came under fire from Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam.
Former deputy minister of finance Ato Forson claimed that Ofori-Atta’s budget statement was meaningless.
He continued by saying that the budget was a farewell statement from the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, demonstrating how it was leaving Ghanaians with greater suffering as it prepares to abdicate office.
“Mr Speaker, let me say that this particular budget is a true definition of an empty budget. Clearly, the NPP government has said bye-bye to the people of Ghana. This budget is insensitive and out of touch.
“This government is leaving behind a default economy; this government is leaving behind a government that is debt-riddled, an economy that is overtaxed, an economy that is seeing high food inflation… In fact, you are leaving behind a misery economy… they are also leaving behind an economy where we are seeing massive and uncontrolled corruption according to the Catholic Bishop Conference,” he said.
Dr. Ato Forson blamed Ofori-Atta, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and Dr. Ernest Addison, the governor of the Bank of Ghana, for the current state of affairs in the nation.
Then, making fun of the minister, he said that the people who had helped him create the mess had now turned against him.
“Mr Minister you and members of the Economic Management Team led by our vice president; you are leaving behind a bankrupt economy… I’m not surprised that today, you are here reading the budget alone. Where is the governor of the Bank of Ghana, nowhere; Where is the vice president, nowhere. Let me say that they cannot abandon you did this with them. And so they are the faces of destruction and you are part of it. Bye-bye Mr Minister, bye-bye NPP. This is your scorecard.”