Ken Ofori Atta is in good spirit, not dead, says Special aide

Finance Minister -Designate Ken Ofori Atta is in good in spirit and sends his warmest regards to the people of Ghana, his special aid has said.

Michael Bediako comments on facebook comes following widespread rumours making round on social media that Mr Ofori Atta has passed away.

Ken Ofori-Atta over the weekend left Ghana for the United States to seek medical attention, an official statement from the Ministry of Finance has announced.

Ofori-Atta will be out for a “medical review” and is expected to return after two weeks, the statement added.

The rumours suggest Kwaku Agyeman Manu had been asked to act as Finance Minister in the interim.

“The Ministry of Finance wishes to inform the general public and stakeholders that Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the representative of the president at the Ministry of Finance and Minister-designate for Finance, will travel to the United States of America today for a special medical review,” the statement from the public relations unit of the ministry said.

It added: “After recovering from COVID-19 last December, Ofori-Atta has had medical complications which doctors advise require further interventions not currently available in Ghana.”

Vetting postponed

According to the statement, the leadership of Parliament has been notified of his absence since he was due for vetting on Tuesday 16 February 2021.

“He is expected to be away for two weeks.

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