Once more, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo defended the work of his ministers, stating he would only change when he was certain they were “underperforming.”
Many people have urged the President to replace his appointees, particularly Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, but he has claimed that there is no need for a shakeup.
The President, who is visiting the Central Region for two days, stated, “It’s not that I’m not paying attention to what people are saying.
In our democracy, public opinion is crucial, but ultimately, I have to decide whether or not some people should leave.
“This same Finance Minister people are calling for his head today is the very man who took us out of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme very successfully and helped us produce the 7.5 percent growth rate that we had before the COVID. People have forgotten that today because of the difficulty that we are having.”
He is the same person, he hasn’t changed, and in his words, “he is the same figure, he hasn’t changed. I feel that he has the same resolve to fight to get us out of our current position as he exhibited at the beginning of our government.”
On Friday, President Akufo-Addo turned the first sod at Papaase for the construction of the 16-kilometer Kasoa-Bawjiase road, which is expected to cost GHC 93.9 million and be finished in 2024.
He also inspected the Agenda 111 project in Gomoa Afransi, which is in the Gomoa Central constituency, and launched a factory producing gas cylinders in Chochoe and a facility producing lubricants in the Gomoa East District at Fetteh.
According to Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, an agreement between Ghana and the IMF should be negotiated and signed before the year is through.
On Monday, September 5, 2022, the IMF chief met in private with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, as part of the Africa Adaptation Summit, and assured him that “we understand the urgency” and “we would move as swiftly as feasible.”
She referred to Ghana as a “superb country” and reaffirmed the Fund’s commitment to working with the government and the ministry of finance to secure a deal before the year’s end.