Charles Adu-Boahen, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Finance, has denied reports that he had submitted his resignation to the President.
To such assertions, he quickly responded, “No sir! Never. I’ll be quoted. I haven’t submitted my resignation yet.
His remark comes amid demands that he be removed from office or resign in light of the recession.
As a result of the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, and the Minister of State in the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu-Boahen, being ineffective in managing the country’s fiscal space, 80 of the 137 majority MPs joined calls for their dismissal on Tuesday, October 25.
They had also blamed the duo for the delay in the ongoing International Monetary Fund programme negotiations that is expected to give the country a bailout. The lawmakers added, “We are by this medium communicating our strong desire that the President changes the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry without further delay to restore hope to the financial sector and reverse the downward trend in the growth of the economy.”
The group led by the MP for Asante Akim North, Andy Appiah-Kubi said the failure of government to heed to their demands will result in them boycotting all government business. “Meanwhile we want to serve notice, and notice is hereby served that until such persons as aforementioned are made to resign or removed from office, we members of the majority caucus here in Parliament will not participate in any business of government by or for the President by any other minister.
“We hope that those of us [at] the backbench and members of the majority caucus will abide by this prayer. We are saying that if our request is not responded to positively, we will not be present for the budget hearing, neither will we participate in the debate”.
The general public and civic society, who had also been clamoring for the Finance Minister’s resignation, praised their action.
In a U-turn, the MPs eventually agreed to President Akufo-request Addo’s to let Ken Ofori-Atta and Charles Adu-Boahen continue in their positions until the IMF agreement is resolved.
The Minister of Finance and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry will remain “until the conclusion of the round of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the presentation of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy in November 2022, and the subsequent passage of the Appropriation Bill, after which time the demand will be acted upon,” according to a statement released by the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.