Former President John Dramani Mahama says, the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been needlessly irresponsible for keeping a large government.
He says, the Akufo-Addo-led administration should cut cost and reduce waste by bringing down the number of his appointees.
He has also admonished the administration to spend wisely, something he insists the government has failed to do since assuming power,
The former president was Speaking at an event dubbed “Building the Nation We want”, on Thursday evening, which he shed light on some pertinent issues and measures he believes could help address the current economic quagmire.
“….a big contributor to the excessive public expenditure is the sheer size of government. President Akufo-Addo has been particularly irresponsible in keeping a needlessly large government. At a point, we had over 120 ministers in his government with hundreds of political appointees at the Presidency and others attached to ministers and state organisations.”
According to him, while the president has heeded to the call of Ghanaians to reduce his government in his second term, he believe the president cut further the size of his government.
“While the President has cut down this number, there is still room for a further reduction including merging some Ministries to reduce expenditure and cut down the number of Ministers to below 65. It is also necessary to trim the large number of political appointees who have sought refuge in the Flagstaff House. This will reflect the necessities of the time and the need for modesty and prudence” he added.
The Akufo-Addo-led government has come under immense pressure from organized labor, civil society and Ghana for the current economic hardship.
The opposition National democratic congress has accused the government for bad management leading to the ailing economic conditions.
Economic indicator such as inflation, exchange rate, interest rates are almost hitting the roof, adding to the cost of living of Ghanaian.
Prices of goods and services have almost double, impacting ordinary Ghanaians severely.