Times are hard; reduce size of your govt now – OccupyGhana tells Akufo-Addo

A pressure group, OccupyGhana has asked President Akufo-Addo to immediately reduce the size of his government.

According to the group, the current economic difficulties the country faces do not support the large size of the government.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, October 25, the group said the hard times Ghanaians are going through is enough evidence that “there is no better time than now to reduce the size of government.”

Times are hard; reduce size of your government now – OccupyGhana tells Akufo-Addo
Excerpts of the OccupyGhana’s release
“Times are hard. Things are hard. Very hard. Every Ghanaian is feeling the pinch and pain. To survive, citizens are forced to cut back on some essential things in life.

“The Government, which is largely to blame for the economic mess, must also cut back and more,” OccupyGhana said.

Times are hard; reduce size of your government now – OccupyGhana tells Akufo-Addo
Concluding part of the statement
They insisted that usual measures will not cut it for the government.

“These are not normal times and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it. The excuses for having and paying a large batch of ministers and other appointees to produce the results we see now, to the extent that they have ever been justified (which we deny), wear perilously thin in these times,” they added.

Already, some New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentarians are demanding the sacking of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister over the difficulties.

The MPs, numbering about 80, held a press conference on Tuesday to impress on the President to relieve his cousin of managing the national purse or risk losing their support for government business going forward.

They also want the Minister of State in charge of Finance at the Office of the President, Chares Adu Boahen, to be subjected to a similar fate.

This development comes amid a worsening economic downturn in the country as the Ministry looks to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a crucial bailout.

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