Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, Founder and Chairman of Africa Prosperity Network, claims that Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta resigned from his multi-million dollar position to campaign for President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This follows several requests for Mr. Ofori-Atta to be reshuffled in light of Ghana’s dire economic situation.
However, appearing on Starr Chat with Bola Ray, Mr. Otchere-Darko remarked that, while the calls are valid, people have forgotten Mr. Ofori-Atta’s sacrifice to President Akufo-Addo and the NPP.
“Ken Ofori-Atta actually resigned from his multi-million dollar company to dedicate his life to Akufo-Addo’s campaign and to the NPP. So he is appointed and his appointment is just because he is a family member? Forget the fact that he helped to raise money, he put resources in there, his own resources. He was a critical member of the campaign and he was a successful businessman who had something to contribute.
“The president has about six thousand people to appoint and then you talk about friends. Should he go and appoint his enemies? Focus on what the individual appointed is doing and then let’s talk that’s what it should be,” the Corporate lawyer stated.
According to him, there will be criticism when people are assigned to positions.
“There are people who think that they can do better than the President, there are people who think that they can do better than the sports minister. There are always people and there are always better people elsewhere.
“But are you going to wait and interview a thousand people before you find the one who’s CV is perfect and who speaks perfectly and give him the job and you realize that he can’t do the job,” he added.
Mr. Otchere-Darko did, however, add that President Akufo-Addo is not opposed to reshuffles and will do so whenever he is satisfied.
“He is slow to do it because he doesn’t think that I’ve to reshuffle because the Minister has been there too long. Or some people say I should reshuffle, he will weigh it and then he will make a decision,” he added.