January 30, 2014

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben South, Dr. Mark Asibey-Yeboah has described calls for the dismissal of Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, as improper.

In his view, sacking the Finance Minister will not improve the dire economic situation that the country finds itself and equally cannot be blamed for the economic challenges.

In recent times some members of the governing party (NDC) including the Information Minister and the party’s Central Regional Director of Communications, Mr Allotey Jacob have openly expressed displeasure over the work of Mr Seth Terpker.

Mr Allotey Jacob has asserted that the austerity measures being rolled out by the Finance Minister who he referred to as “Judas”has put a toll on the already “financially burdened” ordinary Ghanaian, a situation he also thinks may see the party losing the 2016 elections if the status quo is not checked.

However speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, Dr. Asibey-Yeboah stated that if the country’s economic fundamentals are wrong, no matter who replaces Mr Terkper is bound to have difficulties managing the economy.

He blamed the over spending spree that characterized the government in the run-up to the2012 election as the cause of the economic distress.

Dr. Asibey-Yeboah who is an economist by profession lashed out at the members of the economic management team for failing to implement fiscal policies that will take the economy out of the quagmire.

“If people are saying Seth Terkper should be sacked, then the others like the Chairman of the Economic Management Team, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, should be changed, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Wampah and the president’s economic advisor, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson should also be sacked”, he said.

Kwadwo Anim/Ghanamps.gov.gh