Some NDC MPs Accuse Finance Minister of Manipulating Budget Figures, IMF Assigns Resident Supervisor to Bank of Ghana

The mid-year budget review presentation in Ghana has been marred by continuous date changes, and some National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs are pointing fingers at Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta. They claim that the repeated shifting of the presentation date is a result of his alleged inability to manipulate figures to fit a specific narrative.

As part of its agreement with the country, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has assigned a resident supervisor to the Bank of Ghana.

Originally slated for Thursday, July 20, the mid-year budget review was first moved to Tuesday, July 25, and now it has been rescheduled once again, this time to Monday, July 31. The NDC MPs expressed their frustration with the constant changes and find the situation untenable.

Abdnego Bandim, the NDC MP for Bunkprugu, accused the government of attempting to deceive the public through these delays. According to him, the reasons provided for the rescheduling are baseless, and the economy is allegedly in a dire state, requiring the manipulation of figures.

Similarly, Richard Kwame Sefe, the NDC MP for Anlo, criticized Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta for not taking the concerns of Ghanaians seriously, which he believes is the underlying cause of the repeated date changes.

In response to the situation, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, announced that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta will hold a meeting with MPs on Friday before his scheduled presentation on Monday. However, the details of this meeting were not disclosed.

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