- December 12, 2022
- Posted by: Amos Ekow Coffie
- Categories: Banking and Finance, Economics
According to Ernest Owusu-Bempah, the deputy communications director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Akufo-Addo administration is working around the clock to improve the economic circumstances that Ghanaians are now facing.
He pointed out that the government’s efforts had led to a strengthening of the Cedi against the US dollar and a decrease in fuel prices.
Speaking to the media in Accra on Friday, December 9, Mr. Owusu-Bempah stated the administration recognises the economic difficulties facing Ghanaians. He was responding to the minority’s unsuccessful attempt to remove Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta through a censure motion.
“The defeat of the censure in Parliament by the Minority is a signal of the defeat in 2024 by the NDC,” he said.
He added “They will will do all they can to run down this government, they will do anything within their power to convince Ghanaians with their vile propaganda but the people of Ghana will reject them in 2024 elections.
“This is a sign written on the wall, telling the entire nation. Right now the Cedi is doing well against the Dollar, petrol prices are coming down at the pump, economic conditions are moving on despite all the global hardships and everything going on. It means that the Akufo-Addo government is working.
“We are a listening government, we believe in the people of Ghana who gave us the mandate and we are going to work. Come 2024 Insah Allah, we will break the 8.”
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak Mohammed, unsuccessfully attempted to have the Minister of Finance removed from office through a motion of censure.
This happened as a result of the motion’s inability to receive the legally required two-thirds of the House’s membership.
136 NDC MPs cast ballots during the secret balloting, which was conducted in the absence of the majority members (MPs), who staged a walkout to reject the resolution. There were neither abstentions nor “No” votes.
“The vote is accordingly lost,” Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin stated.
The resolution had been sent to an eight-person ad hoc committee by the Speaker for consideration, but more significantly so that the Finance Minister could be heard.
Speaker Bagbin defended his choice to refer the measure to the committee prior to the secret ballot.
The public hearing supported my choice. The motion has been referred in a legal and proper manner. The motion may now be discussed in the House.
Speaker Bagbin requested secret vote in accordance with Article 82 of the 1992 Constitution following the discussion from both sides of the House.
At that point, the majority of the MPs staged their walkout, despite widespread agreement that Mr. Ofori-Atta should step down from his position as minister owing to the country’s economic woes.
For the sake of history and posterity, Minority Leader Iddrisu commended the Speaker for his perseverance in bringing about the vote of censure and stated that he will be remembered for his role in a crucial democratic process.
Source: www.pfmtaxafrica.com/Amos Ekow Coffie