Dr. Kofi Amoah, former Ghanaian Ambassador at Large, stated that due to administrative and bureaucratic inefficiencies at the presidency, he largely failed to achieve the objectives of his role as ambassador and presidential advisor.
Dr. Kofi Amoah, a seasoned Ghanaian businessman, was appointed Ambassador at Large during President Akufo-first Addo’s term in office.
In an interview with GhanaWeb, the businessman stated that despite his excitement at receiving the honor of serving his country, he failed to fulfill the mandate of his office.
“I was appointed by the President as an Ambassador-at-large to use my vast global contacts and associates to attract investments into Ghana, similar to what I did with Western Union, which allowed USD billions to flow into the Ghanaian economy.”
“I was excited that I had been given another opportunity to again assist my nation. Unfortunately nothing came out of this due to the administrative and bureaucratic inefficient machinery at Jubilee House, which I alerted the President to, verbally and in writing,” he stated.
In his role as presidential advisor also, Dr Amoah said the president failed to heed to his counsel after he warned Akufo-Addo against excessive borrowing by outlining its effects.
“Again I cautioned the president, verbally and in writing, against the huge borrowing in billions and warned that we may not be able to service these debts and cause big hiccups for the nation…. and he did not listen and we are all witnessing the unfortunate and embarrassing turnaround to the IMF and the hardships to ensue that will affect every citizen,” he said.
In his capacity as presidential advisor, Dr. Amoah stated that the president ignored his advice after he warned Akufo-Addo against excessive borrowing by outlining the consequences.
According to Citizen Kofi, the time has come for the president to heed public calls and fire the finance minister as one of the first steps in dealing with the country’s current economic crisis.
Several respected voices have now advised the President to replace his Finance Minister and give the country a new face and approach that can help the country truly reform rather than a bandage, face-saving reform that will only prop up the country for another financial breakdown and IMF re-visit during another economic downturn. Ghana now requires a patriotic medicine that will work, not a band-aid solution to a problem devised by the same people who pushed us into the valley,” he said.
“I will appreciate a treatment on this important matter so that Ghanaians can work together to push for what will work for our nation rather than sitting on the fence as we have done in the past, abdicating our future to the whims of a few who have so far demonstrated a lack of capacity to help protect and grow our economy,” he added.
Citizen Kofi stressed that his criticism of the president and his government stems solely from his grief over what Ghanaians have had to endure as a result of poor leadership.
He stated that Ghana, as a country, has been endowed with resources for development, and that it is now more important than ever for citizens to speak truth to power.
“Ghana has more resources to work with than many ex-colonial countries, but we continue to slip.”
“It is time for all of us to abandon our passive and non-confrontational culture, which has not served us well in our history, and find a respectable but courageous way to speak truth to power, hoping they listen and change this time,” Dr. Amoah said.
On Monday, July 1, 2022, the Ghanaian government announced its intention to seek IMF financial assistance
According to the government, the decision was made due to the country’s current economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.
Some critics, however, claim that the government is failing to accept responsibility for the current situation. Some have called for the resignation of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.