Minister-designate for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, claims he has never taken any salary or per diem for his service to the country as Finance Minister.
He made this known during his vetting before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
According to him, he does not seek to use his office to make personal benefits.
“I suspect you know that the issue of public service is one that really has been with the family [Ofori-Atta family] for a long time and I came into it with that aspect. I do not take a salary, I do not take per diem, so those are not the objectives that I come with,” he said.
Responding to a question posed to him by North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, on why his close associates have been placed in strategic areas of the country’s financial sector, he said the longevity of Databank in the country makes it easy for it to have many people affiliated with it, thereby placing the financial institution in influential positions.
“If you look outside the State, you will see that because of the 30 years in which the firm has run on values and skills, our alumni are everywhere in the banking and financial institutions of deep influence in what they do,” he added.
Mr. Ofori-Atta explained to the Appointments Committee that government understands the dire impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers and will be fair when it’s time to sort out their salaries.
“We have had a relatively peaceful environment during this time because the [Finance and Labour Relations Ministries] have made a special effort to create a partnership with labour and employers, which enables information sharing and an understanding of where we are going as a government. I think we have kept faith with that…
“I can assure you that we are clearly aware of the level of salaries that we have for our people, and we also know the impact on our revenue. By all means, we’ll strike a balance that is sustainable. Let me assure you that, we’ll not compromise on fair negotiations,” he assured.
Story by: Farida Seidu | universnewsroom.com