Ken Ofori-Atta to appear before Parliament over domestic debt exchange programme

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Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has been called in response to demands for various exclusions from the government’s Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP).

Tuesday, February 7 saw the Speaker of the House, Alban Bagbin, support a request from both parties in the legislature for the minister to inform the House on the policy statement and any difficulties that have arisen since its introduction.

In his opinion, Mr. Ofori-Atta ought to approach this urgently, especially in light of the seniors’ objections to the Ministry of Finance.

“Honourable Members, my understanding is that both sides agree that the Minister be scheduled to come and brief the House on the policy statement and some details about the debt arrangement Parliament has spoken that is the end of the case,” the Speaker said.

“Parliament is ever prepared to assist the government to get out of this quagmire. So, what I can say now is that parliament has spoken and that is the end of it. The Minister must be scheduled by the business committee as early as possible because this is an urgent matter because the pensioners are picketing at the Ministry” he stated.

“We need to do this as quickly as possible. Business Committee should schedule the Minister to appear before the house for a brief on the state of affairs,” he added.

The Speaker proposed 14th February, 2023 for the appearance of the Minister.


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