A pressure group based in Ghana, Occupy Ghana has joined in the list of organizations calling on President Nana Akufo-Addo to downsize the number of Ministers recently appointed to serve under his government.
Occupy Ghana in a statement, stated that president Nana’s appointment which critics described as ‘ elephant-sized’ cabinet will only lead to corruption.
“The problems that beset this nation are known to all. Paramount among them is the issue of corruption. In creating such a huge bureaucracy, have we not increased the chances of corrupt officials plundering the little that we have left as a nation?. In his inaugural address, the President promised to protect the national purse. The appointment of 110 ministers who, in comparison to the average Ghanaian, will be earning a considerable amount of money in salaries,” the group stated.
The problems that beset this nation are known to all. Paramount among them is the issue of corruption. In creating such a huge bureaucracy.
According to the grop, the appointment will hinder growth of the private business sector.
The economy of this great nation can only grow if we let the private sector flourish. Large bureaucracies are not known to facilitate the growth of any private business sector. Do we not run the risk of crowding out and suffocating a struggling private sector with a gargantuan government bureaucracy?” It added.
The government of president Nana is currently on the back foot after he nominated 110 ministers and deputies, promoting an outcry from the opposition and others regarding the size of the new administration.
The disapproval from many Ghanaians on the social media shows a growing level of public mistrust on the administration.
With the government hit by a decline in revenue due to a sluggish economy, there is a reduction in public appetite for spending.
Occupy Ghana therefore calls on the President to reconsider the size of his ministerial appointments. Adding that there positions that may be consolidated.
However, president Akufo-Addo on Friday defended his controversial appointment of 110 ministers, calling it a ‘necessary investment’ in the small west African nation.