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General News of Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Source: starrfm.com.gh

Osei Akoto bows out of Parliament

The Member of Parliament for the Tafo-Pankrono constituency in the Ashanti Region Dr. Anthony Osei Akoto has announced he will not contest the ruling party’s upcoming primaries for the 2020 polls.

The Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation made his decision known to the party’s constituency executives at a meeting held on Monday in Kumasi.

Constituency Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Moses Donkor in an interview with Ultimate FM’s Isaac Justice Bediako described the decision by the former deputy Finance minister as unfortunate.

“My MP yesterday informed us the constituency executives over his decision to retire next year from parliament meaning he won’t contest the upcoming parliamentary primaries which we see as unfortunate.

“I have never regretted working with him. I don’t support his premature retirement because of his intellectual contribution to Parliament. But he gave personal reasons which I and my executive have to respect. Now I can only wish him well as he prepares to exit parliament,” said.

Anthony Akoto Osei is deemed as one of the finest Economist in recent years acquiring his experience from providing consultancy services for the World Bank (Korea Division) in 1987, teaching at Dillard and Howard Universities from 1984 to 1995 as an Associate Professor in Economics and as a Research Fellow for the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) from 1996-2001 in Ghana.

In the erstwhile Kufour administration, he was made first,(from 2001-2003) a Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economic planning and later appointed a Deputy Minister of the same Ministry in 2003 later elevated to Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, a position until December 2008.