Finance Ministry Refutes Ofori-Atta’s Resignation- But Doubts Hang About His Ability To Present Budget Statement

Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister

The Minister of Finance, is still at post and has not resigned contrary to rumours that have gone viral on social media.

However, The Herald has picked reports that there are doubts about whether Ken Ofori-Atta, would be able to present the 2022 budget statement which is slated for November 15, 2021.

Reports from the corridors of power, had been that President Akufo-Addo is shopping for a successor to Mr. Ofori-Atta, and Charles Adu Boahene, who is Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, strongly tipped to get the job, should Ken step down.

They are reports that Ken Ofori-Atta stepped back from Data Bank and Enterprise Insurance, allowing Kelli Gadzekpo and his wife, Angela Ofori-Atta, to manage them as a result of his medical condition.

Claims on social media had been that the minister had tendered in his resignation letter citing ill-health.

But the Finance Ministry, in a statement it issued yesterday, Tuesday, October 5, 2021, said "there is no truth in these rumours."

It is a known fact that Mr Ofori-Atta, has spent less time at post in recent times.

"Mr Ken Ofori-Atta is at post and focused on his mandate, given to him by His Excellency the President, to serve the people of Ghana in his capacity as Finance Minister," the statement issued by the Public Relations Unit of the Ministry said.

The minister was away from his post for weeks in the first quarter of 2021 after contracting COVID-19.

He was flown out of the country to the US to receive medical attention on claims of complications from the virus, but he returned later to go through parliamentary vetting and subsequent confirmation to remain in office for President Akufo-Addo's second term.

Mr Ofori-Atta, remains an integral member of the Akufo-Addo government, particularly because of his expertise as a finance manager whose work, as the Finance Minister, directly affects all the major policy plans and programmes of the government.