Ken Ofori-Atta’s Apology to Ghanaians: What Really Happened?
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has apologised to Ghanaians for the hardship being suffered in recent times.
As we saw in the news today, Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana’s Minister of Finance, has made an official statement in regards to the recent economic hardship in Ghana.
In his public apology, he was quoted as saying I am truly sorry, but he didn’t offer any reasons why this has happened, or what steps he would take to fix it.
In order to get more insight into the situation, and find out if his apology was actually sincere, we need to explore the causes of this economic hardship and what role Ken Ofori-Atta had in causing it.
The state of the economy
Recently, Ken Ofori-Atta has been quoted as saying that we have achieved a lot but we are not out of the woods yet.
He then went on to say that, I am truly sorry for the hardship I know this brings. This apology from the minister of finance comes at a time when many people in Ghana are struggling with their daily needs.
The government’s response
Please allow me to apologise unreservedly on behalf of the Government and all Ghanaians for this economic hardship that has been, and still is being, experienced by many. I want you to know that we are doing everything in our power in order to bring a quick resolution.
I am not going to go into the specifics of how we intend achieving this, but I assure you that there is a plan of action which we have already begun implementing. We will be able to give more information as the plan unfolds.
I am truly sorry for the hardship that many of you have had to go through because of the economic difficulties that we are going through.
I apologize in particular to those who lost their jobs or businesses and those who were unable to find work, said Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghanaian Minister of Finance. We are dealing with a situation where there is limited funding available.
Ken Ofori-Atta’s apology for the economic hardship faced by Ghanaians has been met with mixed reactions. Some are angry and feel that the apology is too little, too late and a sign of a ‘total lack of remorse’;
Others believe that the apology was warranted because it demonstrated the government’s acknowledgement of economic hardships faced by citizens.
The way forward
Ofori-Atta has stated that he will be working with the Bank of Ghana and the Ministry of Finance to come up with a way forward for the country. This is good news for those who were in panic mode because they had no idea what was going on.
However, it is more important now than ever before that the citizens of this country are vigilant in monitoring his every move and decision.
The last thing we need is another Tony Blair situation where people are forgiving leaders who later turn out to be corrupt.
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