Downsizing of Government: Public opinion triumphs – PALI

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The Pan- Africa Center for Transformative Society.
The Pan- Africa Center for Transformative Society.

The Pan- Africa Center for Transformative Society, a subsidiary concept of PALI Global through this release signed by its Founding President, Frank Paa-Kumi, commends the sitting President of the Republic of Ghana for his unflinching resolve to pay heed to the dissenting opinions of well-meaning Ghanaian.

The release copied to News Ghana on Monday 26th January,2020, read, “We recall that the current government in its previous term shouldered an elephant-sized government consisting of 126 ministers which received a distasteful public uproar and a colossal call for review and possible reduction.

That situation rendered majority of Ghanaians despondent and skeptical about the efficiency and effectiveness of the elephant-sized government and how horrid it will be to our total public expenditure as a lower middle-income and food-deficit country.

In this new term, the President has recently released a truncated list of government appointees, and we perceive this to be a response to the public outcry that filled the airwaves after the appointment of the elephant-sized government in his first term.

The following statements underpin the full position of PALI Global;
1. With the introduction of six more regions, there was a tendency to record a hike in the already mammoth-sized government by the appointment of regional ministers and their deputies. The Center, therefore considers the abolition of the appointment of deputy ministers as a laudable move by the President.

2. The Center also acknowledges the decision of the President bearing in the mind, the regular intransigent posture of most public office holders in decision making. As such, we believe that the President has exercised flexibility in thought and demonstrated to the good people of Ghana that his government would not be the ‘business as usual’ kind of government but a listening and action-oriented government.

3. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the country into a state of turmoil. Businesses have collapsed, a plethora of Ghanaians have lost their jobs and the prices of commodities have escalated as a result of the economic downturn.

The potential effect of government expenditure on its appointees in an oversized government in light of the COVID-19 pandemic would have had an adverse effect on the public purse and raised a public uproar. As such, we applaud the efforts of the President to truncate the size of his government, considering the times we find ourselves.

We believe that this decision is very significant and not an exercise in futility.

We acknowledge the thoughtfulness and timeliness of such a salient decision. We also believe that it is about time the country had a national conversation on the size of our arms of government and their relevance to nation-building and national development.

We use this medium to call on the President to continue to give a listening ear to the views of the citizens at all times, bearing in mind the mandate which was entrusted to him with all confidence and optimism, that he will not derelict in the performance of his duties as enshrined in the constitution.”

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