The emerging ugly trend among appointees of president Akufo-Addo to feign ignorance over issues that happened or is happening under their watch is worrisome and quite alarming, especially when the president Akufo-Addo, keeps telling Ghanaians that, he is in to protect the public purse.
Taking his turn at the Appointments Committee on Wednesday, June 2, the Minister of State-nominee at the Ministry of Finance, Charles Adu Boahen, described as false a claim that he selected a firm he once served as a board member as primary dealer and bond market specialists on bonds issued by the state.
Black Star Advisors, has been a subject of wild speculation notably from NDC MP Isaac Adongo, who has cited Charles Adu Boahen, as a key member and part of the management of the company that was among 9 firms selected by the Ministry of Finance as advisors on bonds issued by the state.
Responding to the claim Mr Boahen, said the assertion is categorically untrue and perpetuated by certain individuals to defame him.
"Mr. Chairman, as I mentioned earlier, I resigned from the board and management of Black Star Advisors in 2017. I have no role, and I do not participate in their business dealings," he said.
Is Adu Boahen still a shareholder of Black Star Brokerage? Is he still a state actor? Will his presence at the ministry of finance lead to preferential treatment given to Black star Brokerage? Does he take part in the decision to appoint a primary dealer and bond market specialist? These are questions begging for answers.
He does not need to be directly involved in the day to day running of Black Star Brokerage, to influence the decision for his firm to be considered. His mere presence at the ministry is enough.
What is happening is without justification; it is a calculated assault on our collective till. Government is struggling to meet essential obligations germane to effective governance and yet those with the responsibility are on a borrowing spree, leading the country into more debt, just to line their pocket.
As a newspaper, we are worried by this ugly trend and the danger it portends to the nation's fragile democracy.
We, therefore, call on the president and legislature to nib this emerging trend in the bud. We all have a nation to build and our collective heritage must be enjoyed by all, not few individuals.