Picketing of pensioners at Finance Ministry has caused me great distress, says Ofori-Atta

The Finance Minister said the government is committed to the well-being of senior citizens and pensioners in the country

Finance Minister Ken ofori-Atta has said the picketing of pensioners at the premises of the Finance Ministry has caused him great distress.

Members of the pensioner bondholders’ forum have been picketing at the Ministry of Finance to demand total exemption of their investments from the debt swap.

He said the government remains committed to the well-being and dignity of senior citizens and pensioners in the country.

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday (16 February), the minister said, “In seeking to understand the concerns of our senior citizens, I have met with them on three occasions; the most recent was 15 February 2023 where I explained the terms of the new bonds.” 

“Mr Speaker, I subsequently wrote to their convener that all pensioners who did not participate in the bond offering are exempted,” Ofori-Atta added.

Ghana’s former chief justice Sophia Akuffo on Friday (10 February) joined a picket line of pensioners who have been staging protests at the Finance Ministry, demanding that the government exempt them from the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP).

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