Business should not boom on partisan connections– Haruna Iddrisu

Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, has vehemently despised the political atmosphere where specific business boom and flourish under various government due to their political affiliations and connections.

According to him, partisan politics has destroyed our common front and togetherness to the extent that some businesses do well under the NDC whilst others flourish under the NPP, this he described as “un-Ghanaian”.

Speaking at the official launch of the National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS) at Accra International Conference Center by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, he lamented the phenomenon and said “that is not the way to develop our entrepreneurs” and that they will support the President to correct it.

And that we need a civil and public service that is neutral and would work to the benefit all citizens. The NDC and other political parties have been part of the reform process. 

Meanwhile, Haruna Iddrisu stirred up a little controversy when he mentioned that one area that needs massive reforms and must be made as national policy is putting a definite number on the appointment of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

Therefore, the President should cut down the number of his ministers as part of the reforms. The NDC raised concerns over the 110 Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Nana Addo-led Administration, which they claim would have adverse effects on the public purse.

Haruna Iddrisu suggested that it is about time the whole nation decide to have only 65 ministers regardless of the party in power and such a move should be backed by law. Hence President should consider it.

He sided with many who believe that Ghana has a bloated public service; we have gone beyond the qualitative and quantitative reforms and if we compare Ghana to La Cote d’Ivoire in terms of wage bill to the public sector, Ghana’s own is about 40% to the GDP.

Whilst that of La Cote d’Ivoire is less than 10% of their GDP.

Ghana | |Patrick Ofoe Nudzi  

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