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‘I will never deliberately misinform Parliament’ – Finance Minister

Ken Ofori-Atta, the minister of finance, has refuted claims that he purposefully misrepresented statistics to Parliament and asserted that he has served Ghana with integrity.

Mr. Ofori-Atta rejected the accusations, calling them unfortunate and a total fabrication, during Friday’s meeting of the eight-member Ad-hoc Committee established by Mr. Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, to investigate the allegations for the Motion of Censure raised by the Minority in Parliament.

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I have served Ghana with integrity, and I will never intentionally mislead Parliament about the state of the nation’s finances, he declared.

“The problem of inaccurate reporting is not only regrettable but also false; I never provided inaccurate data to Parliament.”

I want to clarify that intentional false reporting is utterly untrue. I have faithfully served Ghana.

One of the seven justifications offered by the Minority to call for the dismissal of the Finance Minister was the claim that statistics had been incorrectly reported to Parliament.

The Minority Caucus in Parliament submitted a motion for a vote of censure against Mr. Ofori-Atta, accusing him of seven things, including conflict of interest, financial irresponsibility that resulted in the weak Ghana cedi relative to the major trading currencies, and egregious economic mismanagement.

The Finance Minister, however, asked for more information and more details on the motion’s justifications in a written request made by his attorney, Mr. Gabby Asare Ochere-Darko, before the hearing while also voicing concerns about the committee’s authority.

The Parliamentary Ad-hoc Committee, meantime, dismissed grounds one and three from the list of seven accusations made against Mr. Ofori-Atta at the start of the hearing on Friday. The minister expressed satisfaction with the committee’s decision.

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