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I have never misreported data to Parliament – Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has described as unfortunate, the Minority’s claims that he misrepresented data to Parliament.

Appearing before a parliamentary Ad-hoc Committee probing the censure motion against him, he vehemently denied the accusations.

“The issue of deliberate misreporting of data to Parliament is not just unfortunate but simply untrue. I, and for that matter, the Ministry of Finance, have never misreported data to Parliament as it has been alleged,” he told the Committee on Friday.

Ghanaians for some months have been calling for the resignation of the Finance Minister due to the prevailing economic crisis in the country, including the fast depreciation of the cedi, high-interest rates and elevated debt levels.

The frequent complaints, coupled with some discrepancies the Minority in Parliament identified under the leadership of Mr Ofori-Atta, caused the NDC MPs to file a censure motion against the Minister.

Defending himself before the 8-member Committee, the Finance Minister said the ground relating to the fiscal data misrepresentation is false.

“They alleged that different sets of data were presented to the people of Ghana and IMF, that is untrue,” he stated.

The dismissal of the allegation is not the only accusation he’s denied while taking the ‘witness box’.

In relation to the National Cathedral, Mr Ofori-Atta dispelled the claim that he illegitimately withdrew money from the Consolidated Fund without Parliamentary approval.

He also dismissed assertions that he’s been reckless in the fiscal management of the economy.

According to him, despite the global pressures on the economy he has been able to protect the public purse.

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