Embattled Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta will go ahead to present the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of government on Thursday, November 24 despite calls for him to be fired.
The budget reading was postponed from Tuesday, November 15,2022 due to the government’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) coupled with calls from the Majority caucus to prevent Ofori-Atta from presenting the forecast.
MP for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah-Kubi, who doubles as spokesperson for the aggrieved NPP MPs stated the 98 MPs will boycott the budget reading should Mr Ofori-Atta be the one to present it.
“We’ve gone back to (our demand for the President to) sack him now and therefore should the budget be presented under the stamp of the Finance Minister, we’ll not participate because as far as we’re concerned we’re never going to do business with him.
Mr. Appiah-Kubi explained further that they will only participate in the budget presentation and appropriation if someone else from government is appointed to present the budget.
However, Ofori-Atta has said he has not been notified of the grievances of his party’s MPs officially.
“Yes I expect so. I haven’t heard that (NPP MPs opposition) officially so I expect to read it,” Ofori-Atta told Joy News.