To hear the National Democratic Congress’ Tamale-South Member of Parliament huff and puff over the right of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to run his ministry as he deems appropriate, reeks of nothing short of downward scandalous. In the latest expression of such hissy fit, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, the notorious plagiarist who had his Master’s Degree withdrawn by the Academic Council of the University of Ghana, and also doubles as the Parliamentary Minority Leader, has virulently accused Mr. Ofori-Atta of illegally attempting to destroy and politicize the country’s civil service by replacing at least 8 senior staff positions with personnel who worked with him at his Databank firm (See “Databank Staff Replacing Experts at Ministry of Finance – Haruna Iddrisu” Starrfmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 7/20/17).
Mr. Iddrisu needs to prove his intemperate assertions with more than vacuous statements. First of all, he needs to tell the general public precisely how the 8 employees he claims Mr. Ofori-Atta bumped from their positions at the Finance Ministry secured their respective jobs or sinecures. For instance, the former Labor and Employment Minister needs to tell Ghanaians whether the aforesaid employees rose through the ranks of the civil service, as traditionally ought to have been the case, or they were appointed to the positions from which they were fired by Mr. Seth Terkper, the previous Finance Minister, or they were simply put there on the instructions of operatives of the Mahama Flagstaff House. If they were political appointees, then it is rather presumptuous and inexcusably preposterous for Mr. Iddrisu to think that operatives of the democratically deposed Mahama regime have a right to determine or dictate who Mr. Ofori-Atta has to work with. And then also, upon what basis did the Minority Leader make his determination that the 8 dismissed Finance Ministry employees were “experts”? These are relevant questions to ask, because the Mahama government, and in particular Mr. Seth Terkper, the last NDC-appointed Finance Minister, bequeathed the country more debts than any other previous government in Ghana’s postcolonial history. If the Mahama operatives are hell-bent on sabotaging the Akufo-Addo Administration, then they had better think twice about it, because there is absolutely no way that President Akufo-Addo and any of his cabinet appointees are going to allow deviously and strategically planted Mahama holdovers to sabotage and destroy the sacred expectations and aspirations of law-abiding and hardworking Ghanaian citizens, the very people whom cynical politicians like Mr. Iddrisu wantonly scammed during the last 8 years of the Mills-Mahama shenanigans. If the allegedly dismissed, or replaced, 8 employees of the Finance Ministry were, indeed, civil servants who rose up the ranks the legitimate traditional way, then, by all means, let them grieve their cases with the Civil Services Commission (CSC), or any other establishment instituted to deal with such a problem. On the other hand, if these 8 employees are political appointees given their positions by executive operatives of the erstwhile Mahama regime, then Mr. Iddrisu needs to cultivate a decent sense of shame and civility and stop pretending as if Ghana belongs exclusively to the key operatives of the National Democratic Congress. Indeed, Mr. Iddrisu would do himself and his party great good by sparing the rest of us such vacuous pontifical inanities. No levelheaded Ghanaian citizen is buying such guff.
By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
July 21, 2017