Alban Bagbin, Speaker of the House, predicts that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta will learn from the difficulties encountered in recent weeks.
Mr. Bagbin is certain that Ken Ofori-Atta has learned from the Minority’s motion of censure and the Majority’s decision to remove him from office.
Ghana is presently seeking a $3 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) facing growing hardship, spiking gasoline costs, rising living expenses, and a weakening cedi.
Ghanaians are in agony as a result of this situation and have been pleading for a practical fix.
The Minority MPs say that Ken Ofori-Atta has to be fired since he has lost control of the nation’s economy in this regard.
In addition, the majority of NPP members of the House are pressing for his dismissal, which has forced President Akufo-Addo and the party caucus to step in at the last minute.
The Speaker claims that Ken Ofori-Atta has learned from all of these events in a difficult and unusual way.
“As he sits here, he has learned a bitter lesson. It is uncommon to come across members of your own party rise up in Parliament against your own minister. It’s uncommon,” he said on Sunday.
The 2023 budget statement was delivered last week, and this week, members of Parliament will discuss it. The Speaker of the House has a warning for the government.
He advised the leadership to engage in communication with the opposition in order to find common ground rather than using pure bravado to force through their tax initiatives.
Anything less, according to the Speaker, will cause strife and disputes, which are not good for the economy.
The House is still awaiting the report from the committee that looked into the motion to censure Mr. Ofori-Atta.