According to them, Ken Ofori Atta has underperformed as the finance minister since assuming the role in 2017, and must as soon as possible vacate the role to save the Akufo-Addo led administration from more of the disgrace.
This comes after the flagbearer of the NDC John Mahama asked President Akufo-Addo to sack Ken Ofori Atta from office for not living up to expectations in the management of Ghana’s economy.
Mr Mahama said Ofori-Atta, as well as the Economic Management Team, have plunged the country into an economic crisis, bringing untoward hardships to Ghanaians.
“Those directly responsible for the economic crisis must bear responsibility, and it is inconceivable that the Minister of Finance [Ken Ofori-Atta] remains at post. Having presided over the worst economic meltdown in Ghana’s recent history, the president must, as a matter of urgency and without further delay relive the Minister of Finance of his position,” Mahama said.
At a regional youth retreat held at Wassa Akropong in the Amenfi East constituency, the Youth Wing of the NDC in the Western Region believe the call from John Mahama was in the right direction.
“We stand in solidarity with the suffering people of Ghana and call on Nana Akufo Addo government to work hard to ameliorate the excruciating economic hardships in the country. The worsening economic condition is as a result of your ineptitude, maladministration and extravagance.
“The strain on the national economy is unprecedented in the history of Ghana. Something must therefore be done immediately to halt the cost of living crisis in the country.
“We request the Akufo Addo led administration to, as matter of urgency, reconstitute “the Economic Management Team and find a suitable Chairman to replace Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who has proven helpless in the face of daunting economic challenges. We also supports the call by John Dramani Mahama for Mr. Ken Ofori Atta to resign as the Minister of Finance or be given the sack by the president.”
They also pledged work assiduously to win fourteen parliamentary seats in the Western Region for the NDC.
Even though the Western Region is considered as one of the strongholds of the ruling NPP, the Youth Wing believe with the support of all the various stakeholders, the NDC can claim seven more seats to add to their already eight seats in the region.
“The party’s performance in the Western Region was satisfactory, winning eitght (8) parliamentary seats in 2020 from four (4) seats. We want to underscore the point that this feat could have been achieved without the significant role of the youth wing.
“We have confidence in the work of the eight (8) Members of Parliament from the region, and we urge them to continue to defend the interest of the masses in parliament. We salute our gallant Members of the NDC Group in parliament.
“We have resolved to work extra hard in conjunction with all stakeholders to increase our parliamentary strength from eight (8) to fourteen (14) in the 2024 general elections. We shall ensure that the parliamentary seats of NPP is reduced to three (3) out of the seventeen (17) in the region.
“The Western Regional Youth Wing believes that the youth wing is the engine to the success of the party in the forthcoming elections.”
They therefore, called for attention to be paid to the youth wing by all stakeholders and resources provided to the grassroot of the party to enable them deliver a resounding victory in 2024 general elections.
The Youth Wing of the party also reiterated the importance of youth working committees at the branch, constituency and regional levels, calling their effective use in the grassroot mobilization of members.