The Member of Parliament for North Tongu in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called for the employment freeze proposed in the 2023 budget not to prevent the government from finding ways to employ the teeming numbers of unemployed Ghanaian youth.
In a post on his Facebook wall reacting to Ken Ofori-Atta’s budget presentation, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislator and former Deputy Minister said the government should work round the clock to expunge the ghost names on its payroll and replace those expunged with young Ghanaians.
According to him, there are tons of exceptionally talented but unemployed youth and solving the ghost names issue would be a way to get them into the workforce.
Okudzeto Ablakwa said: “As govt announces a total freeze in public sector jobs, it is most depressing to note that the perennial canker of unapproved/ghost workers still dominates govt payroll. The 2023 Budget reveals that a massive 6,157 ghost workers were expunged in the first half of this year alone.
“Ghana needs a permanent scientific ghostbusters solution so we can replace the thousands of ghosts with real desperate but exceptionally talented unemployed youth instead of merely announcing a total freeze in public sector jobs.”
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta in reading the 2023 budget on November 24, 2022, said his outfit will halt the employment of personnel in the country’s civil and public service from January 2023.
He explained that the decision is part of expenditure-cut measures being adopted by the government to address the current economic challenges.
“A hiring freeze for civil and public servants. No new government agencies shall be established in 2023,” Ken Ofori-Atta said.