A New Patriotic Party (NPP) pressure group, The Royal Patriots, has urged President Akufo-Addo to cause a reshuffle in his government and go a step further to relieve some appointees of their portfolios.
The group revealed that it was a common observation that some appointees of government were sleeping on the job and it had become the concern of most political watchers, and even the ordinary man on the street. According to the Royal Patriots, “Most of these appointees, by their actions and inactions, believe that they are untouchable.”
The NPP pressure group lamented in a statement signed by its Secretary, Maxwell Agyei-Nyanor, that, “the President has not caused any major reshuffle since NPP assumed the reins of government in Ghana from January 2017, in his first term through to date, his second year of the last four year mandate of his second term.”
The group continued that the public utterances against the government are so bad and hurting that they find it strange as to why the President is still defiantly maintaining some of his appointees. The group reinstated that there are internal and external factors responsible for the economic difficulties Ghanaians find themselves in, which necessitated the country seeking to subscribe to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout.
COVID-19, they stated, is a major economic erosion which affected every country, especially emerging economies like Ghana. The Royal Patriots emphasised that these major external factors are causing a lot of economic destabilisation.
In as much as the government of the day is working around the clock to find solutions using both home grown policies and with other international agencies such as the IMF to mitigate the effects of the economic impact, the group noted that there are other internal factors which are self inflicted and are causing a lot more injuries to the national economy.
“These factors include but not limited to non linkages of government programmes, unstable currency, domination of our productive sectors by foreigners, our people’s penchant desire for foreign made goods, which are not being regulated or tackled by the government and most importantly, non-performance of some government appointees.” The group said.
The group has in this regard questioned government that if as a party, “We claim that we have the men, which we the Patriots believe we do, what is then preventing the President from changing some of them and bringing other fresh blood in?”
To them, if President Akufo-Addo is able to reshuffle his Ministers and other appointees who are sleeping on the job, it will reinforce the fact that the reserve bench is truly occupied with qualified players ready to step on the field to perform.