I’ll cut down unnecessary expenditure and fight corruption – Addai-Nimoh

A New Patriotic Party (NPP) government under the presidency of Francis Addai-Nimoh would ensure that the basic characteristics of the economy are maintained to address the equation between revenue and expenditure.

The flagbearer hopeful of the party said given the mandate to lead, he would cut down some unnecessary expenditure.

Giving an assessment of the performance of the government in an interview with The Chronicle, the former lawmaker of Mampong Constituency said the second administration of the ruling government had been characterised with controversy bordering on the choice of the Speaker, the Budget, introduction of the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy), a hung parliament and low rate of Gross Domestic Product.

According to him, there is hope to correct the imbalance to stabilise the economy, which, he said, is currently in shambles and for which Mr. Addai-Nimoh intends to address the equation between revenue and expenditure.

He indicated that some unnecessary expenditure would have to be avoided citing the fan fair of sod cutting for projects.

He stated that commissioning of projects would take precedence over sod cutting ceremonies in his administration to avoid cost.

He said the presidency should not be involved in the commissioning of just any projects as there are projects which could be commissioned on behalf of the government or the presidency by Metropolitan, municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and government officials.

An Addai-Nimoh led- administration would not resort to incremental budget, the traditional way of budgeting. “We will do first principle budget” by tasking every minister to make inputs and look at salary structure of the appointed and elected in the public sector, he said.

The presidential hopeful further said his administration would take austerity measures to stop flamboyance and unnecessary expenditure on foreign trips by the presidency.

Addai-Nimoh also mentioned that officialdom would be psyched to improve on leadership styles as a way of fighting corruption.

The aspirant said since the opposition is part of government, the leadership of both majority and minority would be engaged in dialogue and periodic interactions on how best to address poverty and corruption in the face of available resources.

According to him, political opponents (opposition) are not enemies so his administration would engage them to look at ways of reducing corruption.


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