Malik Kweku Baako Jnr
Editor-in-chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper has taken issues with those calling for the dismissal of the Finance Minister Seth Terkper, saying such calls lack merit.
According to Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, ‘It can only be an escapist approach to demand the dismissal of the minister when there are larger issues to deal with.’
He made the comments on Joy FM’s newsfile programme on Saturday while discussing the mounting pressure on the President to do away with his Finance Minister.
President John Mahama early this year disclosed how pressure is being mounted on him to sack Seth Terkper.
The Information Minister Mahama Ayariga, in a subtle criticism, said the forthrightness of the Finance Minister made the work of government spokespersons very difficult sometimes.
Central Region Propaganda Secretary of the NDC Allotey Jacobs has also been fiercely critical of the Finance Minister and has been leading a campaign for his dismissal.
‘Is the Finance Minister not implementing government policy, is he the only member of the economic management team?’ Kweku Baako Jnr quizzed.
He contended that Seth Terkper only implemented policies agreed to by cabinet and cannot be held entirely responsible for the failure.
He added the “call to sack Seth Terkper is only a call of collective failure.’
The Deputy Minister of Interior James Agalga said the President is clothed with the powers of appointing and dismissing as he pleases.
Equating the position of the President with that of the football coach, Agalga said the coach can substitute any player he feels is exhausted and bring in another player.
He said the President should be given the “benefit of the doubt in whatever decision he makes in respect of Seth Terkper.
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