Parliament vets Ken Ofori-Atta tomorrow

Finance Minister-designate Ken Ofori-Atta will be vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday 25 March 2021, can confirm.

He is the only minister nominee of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who is yet to be vetted.

Ofori-Atta was originally scheduled for vetting on 8 March but had to be postponed due to ill-health following a post-COVID-19 recovery complications.

Ofori-Atta spent about 30 days at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA, where he received specialised treatment for post COVID-19 complications.

As a result, the 2021 Budget Statement of government was presented by Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Leader of Government Business in Parliament.

All of President Akufo-Addo’s substantive ministers of state and regional ministers have been vetted and sworn into office following parliamentary approval.

What to expect

Ofori-Atta’s vetting session by the Appointments Committee of Parliament is expected to be dominated by the banking sector clean up that took place during the first term administration of President Akufo-Addo under his watch as Finance Minister.

Also, matters surrounding the Agyapa Gold Royalties deal, a policy of the Akufo-Addo government that became heavily politicised last year prior to the 7 December 2020 elections will come up.

Most anticipated vetting

It is the most anticipated vetting of Akufo-Addo’s current administration after the nearly seven-hour vetting of Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame.

Ordinarily, Ofori-Atta’s vetting is expected to be even longer. However, because he is still on the road to recovery, the committee members are expected to ask all the tough questions but within a time that will show sensitivity to the health condition of the minister-designate.

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