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I've not been reckless in managing Ghana's economy — Ken Ofori-Atta

Ken Ofori-Atta, the embattled Minister of Finance who is currently facing the eight-member ad hoc committee set up to probe the censure motion against him has denied allegations that his recklessness has contributed to the economic challenges facing the economy.

Ken Ofori-Atta Finance Minister

According to him, the current economic crisis has come about due to the devastating effects of COVID-19 and not as a result of the government's recklessness.

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He said "I have not been reckless in the management of the fiscal operations of the government."

"Hon. Co-Chairs, the ground of recklessness presupposes that I have not been guided by the laid-down regulations.

"I want to state that I have not been reckless in the management of the fiscal operations of the government."

"Rather, our strenuous efforts to protect the public purse is what has helped this government to have achieved much, much more than any government over a similar period in virtually all sectors, including education, health, social welfare, policing, security in general, roads, railways, agriculture, industrialization, tourism, digitization, and funding for anti-corruption institutions," he added.

The Minority MPs made seven allegations against the minister, including frivolous spending, conflict of interest, financial recklessness leading to the free fall of the Ghana cedi, and gross mismanagement of the economy.

An eight-member ad hoc committee from both sides of the house was set up to probe the motion.

Ken Ofori-Atta has been accused of making unconstitutional withdrawals from the Consolidated Fund supposedly for the construction of the President's National Cathedral.

The lawmakers said he made 'illegal' payments of oil revenues into offshore accounts and was 'deliberately' and 'dishonestly' misreporting economic data to the Parliament.

Stating further, the Minister has been accused of fiscal recklessness leading to the crash of the Ghana cedi which is currently the worst performing currency in the world; alarming incompetence and frightening ineptitude resulting in the collapse of the Ghanaian economy and an excruciating cost of living crisis.

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