Parliament’s Appointments Committee will vet the President’s Finance Minister nominee, Ken Ofori-Atta, on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
The public hearing which is strictly by invitation will be telecast live on public broadcaster GBC at 10 am.
The Committee was unable to vet Mr Ofori-Atta after the former Finance Minister, left the shores of Ghana to the US for extra post COVID-19 infection treatment.
After spending 5 weeks in Minnesota, he arrived last Saturday barely 24 hours after Parliament had approved the 2021 budget statement he should have presented, had he gone before the Appointments Committee and got approval.
Although Ofori-Atta had written to the Speaker for a two-week grace period to treat himself, not much was heard about him whilst away.
Government did not update the public on his status till he was heard last week defending the 2021 budget via zoom at a forum organized by Price WaterHouse Coopers.
Ahead of his vetting, some political activists believe he probably dodged an anticipated tough time at the Appointments Committee where he was expected to answer begging question on shady deals including the PDS, Agyapa and other government expenditure.
But Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak, has said his side in Parliament will hold Ofori-Atta to strict proof on various issues during his vetting.
Speaking on Morning Update on TV XYZ Tuesday morning, Dr Apaak indicated there could be “conspiracy theories” surrounding his travel time and arrival, he believes the Minority on the committee will “grill” Ofori-Atta.
“What I can assure you is that, he will be grilled vigorously,” the Legislator told host Eric Ahianyo.
Dr Apaak is convinced “in terms of the Appointments Committee doing it’s work,” they will not fail Ghanaians who are interested in the country’s debt stock and accountability.
” If it was that he [Ofori-Atta] was trying to avoid hard questions, he wouldn’t have done himself any good,” Apaak added.
After nearly thirty days at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA, where he received specialized treatment for post-COVID-19 complications, XYZ News has learnt doctors have advised that Ofori-Atta reduces his workload to facilitate his recovery.