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Andrew Antariwini mounts spirited defense against calls for Finance Minister’s head after u-turn to IMF

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A member of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Upper East Regional Communication Team, Andrew Atariwini has mounted a spirited defence in favour of the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta keeping his job.

Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Mr. Atariwini was disappointed that Ghanaians, could not see the tremendous work the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta had put in place in an attempt to redefine Ghana’s economy.

“Because someone said we are not going to IMF and we have gone to IMF, is he incompetent? You are not thinking about how the person has been able to finance the colossal numbers under the Free SHS. You are not thinking about that.”

“You are not thinking about how he is raising money to fund the 1D1F that is going on. Over 100 of them are operational. You are not thinking about the road infrastructure where cumulatively we have built more roads than any other government.”

“You are not thinking about his successes. How he achieved what he achieved in 2017, 2018, 2019 and even the early part of 2020,” he said.

Mr. Atariwini insisted that the Finance Minister “has the knack to take Ghana through what has bedevilled the country currently.”

The NPP Communicator was unhappy about calls that intensified for the Finance Minister’s dismissal particularly, after Ghana’s return to IMF. It would also be recalled that calls have intensified for the President to reshuffle his ministers over non-performance.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has however said he has no intention to reshuffle his ministers any time soon.

Speaking on North Star radio in Tamale, the President said his appointees were meeting his expectations.

While President Akufo-Addo said he evaluates the work of his ministers consistently, he feels “many of them for me have done outstanding work. Their output has been considerable, and that is what I look at.”

“If the output measures expectations, then I don’t have any strong reasons to heed the call,” President Akufo-Addo added.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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