The NDC may have shot itself in the foot by allowing Ken Ofori Atta to be vetted and approved as Finance Minister.
When Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Beak Upper East Show, the mentioned that if the NDC had been firm in its disaffection for Ken Ofori Atta, he wouldn’t have been Minister and there wouldn’t have been the need for the long-drawn censure process that is ongoing in Parliament.
” … now, the opposition is censuring the Finance Minister. They want the Finance Minister taken off as Minister. But sometimes, I always say, my party, we stabbed ourselves in the back. I do not understand how we should have even passed such a person. There are so many things hanging around him that no one would have thought that we would have still passed him. Of course sometimes, we say we do it for other reasons that all of us are not aware of,” he said.
Professor Avea Nsoh was making his contribution on what the government can do to help the education system become better. He was worried about the government’s actions and inactions that had caused so much disaffection for them within the teacher unions.
“Everything about this budget is about the trust factor. Now you have teacher unions, including my own unions and other tertiary unions all on strike or threatening to go on strike. Now the budget could be there but once you have the trust of these unions that you are committed to engaging with them at all times and that you are going to be very transparent when dealing with them, then clearly, you have a budget that is not going to be shaken at all. What happens to the budget is that, along the way, we get some unexpected expenditures. That means you will have to find a way to engineer things. Then it would be expected that the government would be able to show the unions that they are engaging with that they are trustworthy. Unfortunately, the government has fallen short of this. Going into the budget, whatever we are going to see in the budget, they are going to oppose it.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana