Ofori-Atta vetting continues Friday

After facing the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday, March 25, Minister-designate for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta will be back in the seat on Friday, March 26. After several hours of vetting on Day 1, the Committee decided to continue the following day as a result of the health of the Minister of Finance of between 2017 and 2021. His vetting had been rescheduled from Tuesday, February 16 after he was flown to the US to seek medical care for post-Covid complications. He returned to Ghana on Sunday, March 21 for his much-anticipated vetting four days later. At the start of his vetting on Thursday, Mr Ofori-Atta thanked Ghanaians for their “earnest” prayers for his recovery.
But he had to later answer questions, a majority of which were on the controversial Agyapa Minerals Royalties transaction. For him, no rules were broken and he dismissed accusations of conflict of interest. “We broke no rule and I think the Attorney General should be able to give an assessment on that. I do not believe that we broke any rule by the way which the procurement was done. “We should be having a truly and broader discussion about Ghanaian enterprise and therefore how experienced entrepreneurs can join government at any point in time. “There was no conflict of interest. I was not part of the [Databank] institution.” He also stated that he has not been at the Ministry of Finance to enrich himself as he takes no salaries nor per diems. Source :3news.com/gh

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