The Center for Democratic Development, CDD-Ghana, has expressed their disappointment with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s performance so far, as the NPP government marks its 100 days in office last Monday.
In a statement issued in Accra, the policy think-tank said it feels badly disappointed by President Akufo-Addo’s decision to appoint 110 ministers. According to the group, it flies in the face of the president’s own declared commitment to protect the public purse, as well as its longstanding good governance advocates’ campaign for meaningful reduction in the size of government and resultant government spending.
“We believe that the appointments of so many politicians to manage the state bureaucracy will further deepen its politicization and undermine its authority,” it noted.
The statement also condemned the government’s inability to deal with series of violent attacks carried out by thugs affiliated to the NPP government on toilets, toll booths, school feeding programs, etc.
“First, the many instances of NPP-affiliated vigilante groups’ forceful takeover of state assets and public facilities (including toilets, toll booths, school feeding programs, etc.) and the unlawful seizure of vehicles of members of the previous administration put a dent on the hitherto smooth transition process,” it stated.
CDD-Ghana however believes that the failure of the government, and law enforcement agencies to deal decisively with the NPP-affiliated vigilante groups, mainly the Delta and Invincible forces, that invaded sensitive government installations, such as the passport office and Tema Ports and Harbor, appeared to have encouraged the recent brazen attacks on the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator and a Circuit Court in Kumasi, by the so-called Delta Force.
The group further expressed disgust at the government’s role in sacking heads of key public institutions in the country and insisted that such actions are inconsistent with good corporate governance practices, and it fosters politicization of the public service, as well as political exclusion, and undermines the fight against winner takes all politics.
“We are also disturbed by the continuity in practice after electoral turnovers whereby the chief executive officers and senior managers of public agencies and parastatals are summarily removed or asked to ‘proceed on leave,’ and to handover to a caretaker officer/acting CEO. Such actions are inconsistent with good corporate governance practices, it fosters politicization of the public service as well as political exclusion, and undermines the fight against winner takes all politics. The Center deems the interpretation of who is a political appointee under Section 14 (6) in the Presidential Transition Act 2012 too broad and badly in need of review informed by best practice,” it stated.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com /Nana Appiah Acquaye