Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, believes that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta will take a cue from the recent ordeal.
Mr Bagbin believes Ken Ofori-Atta has learned valuable lessons from the Minority’s censure motion and the Majority’s decision to remove him from office.
Ghana is currently approaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a possible $3 billion bailout, despite worsening hardship, skyrocketing fuel prices, rising living costs, and a depreciating cedi.
Ghanaians are suffering as a result of this situation and have been calling for a practical solution.
Minority MPs insist that Ken Ofori-Atta has lost control of the country’s economy and must be removed.
Furthermore, the majority of NPP MPs in the House are calling for his removal, prompting last-minute interventions from the party caucus and President Akufo-Addo.
With all of these events, the Speaker claims Ken Ofori-Atta has learned in a difficult and unprecedented manner.
“As he sits here, he’s learned a hard lesson.” It is unusual to see members of your own party speak out in Parliament against your own minister. “It’s unusual,” he said on Sunday.
Members of Parliament will debate the 2023 budget statement this week, and the Speaker of Parliament has issued a warning to the government.
He warned the government against using sheer bravado to push through revenue measures, instead believing that dialogue with the opposition may yield a common ground.
Anything less, according to the Speaker, will result in acrimony and conflict, which will be bad for the economy.
Meanwhile, the House awaits the report of the committee that investigated the motion to censure Mr Ofori-Atta.