A story is best told, when it is told from the end: Dr. Anthony Osei Akoto is the best finance minister, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, never had.
When prior to the 2016 general elections, the New Patriotic Party, kept telling Ghanaians that they have the men to steer the affairs of the nation, and provide better and sound economic alternatives to the National Democratic Congress, the good people of this country, believed them because of the likes of Dr. Anthony Osei Akoto.
You know in your head that you should be inured to incompetence by now, since the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was consummated on January 7, 2017, you have been wondering where the men that Ghanaians were told the NPP had, were.
You have seen a glut of evidence that point to the fact that, the men we were promised, were nothing but a collection of family and friends, whose sole agenda is to plunge this country into crisis.
Corruption, nepotism, arrogance and highhandedness in this administration, has become a directive principle of state policy. Those who dare to speak against the misgovernance, instead of being seen as patriots are rather considered enemies of the state.Political observers in the country can paradoxically conclude that whoever criticizes Mr President will be made to face the consequences.
The choice of a finance minister for every president, anywhere in the world, determines not only the president's agenda for the country, but his or her true intention. A choice of a close relative as a finance minister, shows that the president is only in power to further the agenda of his family at the expense of the general public, who entrusted their destiny and that of the unborn generation into his hands.
Truth be told, no leader anywhere in the world, will have the courage of conviction to prosecute his family member for their involvement in acts of corruption.
It is difficult because as they say, blood is thicker than water, and again the president, will only be in power for a stated period and when he ceases to be, the family will hold his feet to the fire, a cross his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, will carry because he jailed a family member, even if it is through legal means.
To avoid having a debate with your conscience, the easiest route is to keep your family far away from power, unfortunately our president, who has lived with an entitlement mentality, because he feels his forebears played a great role in Ghana's struggle for independence and so it is their time to chop, decided against wisdom and subtle practiceto fill his government with family members.
For Ken Ofori-Atta, he came with one agenda and that is to destroy the business of perceive enemies, both real and imagined, unfortunately these are Ghanaians too. He identified his enemies and went after them with a ruthless attitude of a Machiavellian.
Our elders have a saying that, if you have nothing to give your In-laws, you don't steal from them. Ken Ofori-Atta, who is yet to create to create a meaningful and sustainable job, decided as one of his first agenda to close down banks of Ghanaians, who have not only created jobs for our ever increasing graduates, but are contributing their quota by way of taxes.
His second, but most dangerous agenda, is in recouping his lost investments in the years that preceded Akufo-Addo's presidency, is to make sure all his business interests, especially Data Bank is involved in every government transaction, from Bonds, to Agyapa, to Loans etc.
I do not need a soothsayer to tell me that, Dr Anthony OseiAkoto, will not be this heartless and ruthless. He is a politician and so one can expect him to put his party first, before the country, which unfortunately is the order of the day around, but I can bet my last pesewa, he won'tgo the path Ken has taken with no regards to the ripple effect of that one decision.
Dr. Anthony Osei Akoto, until he exited parliament was a formidable figure, hate him or like him, he is among the best and the brightest economists this country has been blessed with. He served faithfully and diligently under former president, John AgyekumKufuor, and was among the names that made Kufuor's administration one of the best in the Fourth republic.
You might disagree with him politically, but you will have to accept the fact that, he knows his stuff. But for politics and proximity to the president, no sane leader, will pick Ken Ofori Atta, ahead of Dr. Anthony OseiAkoto.
After more than four years of Ken Ofori-Atta in charge of the finance ministry, the verdict is out there, even the most ardent supporter of the New Patriotic Party, will attest to the fact that, things are not normal.
The economic foundation that has been laid and built upon by successive finance ministers, has been destroyed by Ken, it has gotten to an absurd level that, the opposition National Democratic Congress had to impress upon the minority in parliament to endorse his nomination because according to the party, he had already destroyed the economy.
I have always agreed with those who insist that you cannot count three poorly performing ministers of President Akufo-Addo's government without naming Ken Ofori-Atta.
To be a successful finance minister, one has to be able to balance political and economic decisions, this Ken has failed to do. His only achievement as a finance minister is to borrow.
Anthony Osei Akoto, in Parliament consistently mocked the NDC, the incompetence of the NDC, then in government and pointed out their hypocrisy.
For eight years, from the days of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills to John DramaniMahama, he challenged them consistently, to govern instead of making excuses, which they couldn't even make competently.
President Akufo-Addo, when he realized he could not justified keeping the man on the bench, gave him a decorated position, he made him minister for monitoring something, something.
That position was as useless as the paper on which it was written, it was not surprise that after winning his second term bid, he decided to collapse it.
As a gentleman that he was Anthony OseiAkoto, exited parliament, when the applause was still high, he took a bow to allow for others to also contribute their quota. One day, it is my hope and prayer that, when the parliamentary history of this country, is being written, the man will be given his pride of place.
Little has been heard of him since he left parliament, one day a president, who is desirous of developing the country and lifting his people out of poverty, will recognize and appoint him, until then I can only wish him well.
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