Ken Ofori-Atta in good spirits, not dead, says aide

Ken Ofori-Atta’s personal assistant, Michael Bediako, has dispelled rumours that the Finance Minister-designate has passed away in the United States

The Minister for Finance-designate, Ken Ofori-Atta, is in “good spirits” and responding to treatment in the United States, his personal assistant announced on Monday to dispel wild rumours of his death.

Ofori-Atta left Accra on Sunday (14 February) to seek medical attention following post-COVID-19 medical complications, a statement from the Finance Ministry has announced.

On Monday, speculation was rife on social media that he had died. However, his personal assistant, Michael Bediako, said the rumours were false.

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“Good morning, Honourable Minister-designate’s Delta 157 flight has landed,” a text message from Bediako confirming Ofori-Atta’s safe arrival in the US said.

“He’s in good spirits. He sends his regards,” the terse message concluded, accompanied by a fresh picture of the minister-designate and his wife, Angela, at John F Kennedy Airport in New York.

Out for two weeks

Ofori-Atta will be out of the country to undergo a medical review and is expected to return after two weeks, the statement said.

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“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 issued earlier by the ministry’s public relations unit had 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.”

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Vetting postponed

According to the statement from the Ministry of Finance, the leadership of Parliament has been notified of Ofori-Atta’s absence, as he was due for vetting tomorrow, 16 February 2021.

“He is expected to be away for two weeks,” the statement said.

“Mr Ofori-Atta was scheduled to appear before the appointments committee of Parliament on Tuesday, 16 February 2021.

“The leadership of Parliament has been duly notified for a new date to be fixed upon his return.”

Source: asaaseradio

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