Member of Parliament (MP)for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak, has said his side in Parliament will hold Finance Minister-designate Ken Ofori-Atta to strict proof on various issues during his vetting.
The former Finance Minister, who was nominated by President Akufo-Addo to continue to serve in the same office, left the shores of Ghana to the US for extra a 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.
Ofori-Atta has since presented himself to President Akufo-Addo and is expected to be vetted soon.
However, 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.
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.
But speaking on Morning Update on TV XYZ Tuesday morning, Dr Apaak indicated there could be “conspiracy theories” surrounding the travel and arrival of Ofori-Atta, he believes the Minority on the committee will “grill” him.
“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.
He noted that the president’s cousin can not hold himself up as a Finance Minister until he is vetted and approved.
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.
He is expected to officially notify the Appointments Committee to fix time for his vetting.