The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta says the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings will cost the party he founded, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a great deal.
The Finance Minister in a Citi News interview described the death of Mr. Rawlings as a great loss to the party.
“He was a great leader and his passing leaves a big hole in the opposition party, in terms of their source of inspiration. We look forward to seeing how they will manage going forward,” he said.
He also praised Mr. Rawlings for his contribution to the stabilization of the Ghanaian economy.
“The significance of 40 years of impact in the trajectory of the country with regard to politics, economics, etc. cannot be overemphasised. It was a very difficult moment in the earlier years and finally, he handed over to us a stable 4th republic. We have to give him credit for that.”
The Finance Minister further described his relationship with the former President as a special one.
“My mother-in-law worked with President Rawlings at a point in time so it was quite a special relationship with President Rawlings.”
The former President died at the age of 73 in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Presidents of various African countries and the world are pouring in their tributes to mourn the former President.
The Government of the Republic of Liberia also expressed its condolences to the people of Ghana.
Its President, George Weah in commiserating with Ghana said the continent will miss a great leader.
President of Ghana’s Northern neighbour, Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré also described Rawlings’ demise as a big loss to Africa.