Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has suggested that President Akuffo-Addo should reduce his ministers in addition to banning them from travelling to save the public purse.
According to him, the President in complying with the two (2) suggestions will help greatly in resolving the drain on the public purse rather than merely banning them from travelling.
“Honestly if the president wants to save the public purse then reducing the number of ministers will help a lot,” he stated in an interview.
Mr. Ablakwah made this comment after the President released a statement to ban all government appointees from travelling temporarily without permission from the state.
It has been speculated that some government appointees travel at the expense of the state to pursue their personal agenda. Some political communicators have said the government must be up and doing in saving the national coffers in that regard.
The former Deputy Education Minister said the development smacks of incompetence on the part of the Chief of Staff.
He added that Frema Opare’s office should be efficient in curbing such a loot on the public purse.
“This approach is honestly self-indicting especially if the office of the Chief of Staff was working, they would have indicated the number of approvals and disapprovals to spell out appointees who will be travelling and will not be travelling,” he said.
Mr. Ablakwa believes it is time the Constitution is amended to limit the number of ministers appointed “otherwise very soon we’ll hit 10,000 because the Constitution does not provide a ceiling.”
Meanwhile a lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University, Dr. Joseph Yensu has lauded the president for taking such a step which he believes would be the best means to check his ministers and appointees.