A University of Ghana School of Law professor says the outcome of the ministerial nominee voting in Parliament proves that the minority had put their interest above that of Ghanaians.
Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs failed to reduce the size of government when they had the power which would consequently reduce government expenditure.
He believes that Ghanaians will be very disappointed as their demand to downsize government appears to be a mission impossible.
“I think that they made a good point about the fact that there are some positions that can be aligned or there is some position that can be cut and some monies saved in order to strengthen the governance system in the country and also save some money for the country.
“These are the issue that I think must influence the outcome of the vote but unfortunately it did not go that way and I think that Ghanaians will be disappointed in the NDC for not sticking out for them in this time of need,” he said.
Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, he explained that the party leadership could not be blamed for the turnout of the elections but rather the MPs since they approved the appointees.
“At the end of the day it comes down to individual choices and it’s a question of how the MPs can look at the bigger picture not just their personal interest or even the interest of the party but the interest of the country as a whole,” he said.
In a press release dated February 19, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) directed its MPs to reject the new ministers appointed by President Akufo-Addo.
The party explained that this is to help push for the reduction in the size of the current government.
The NDC stated that the party together with other civil society organisations has on numerous occasions expressed concern over the government’s size but the President has yet to act on the calls for a reduction.
However on March 24, after hours of disagreements and a brief suspension, Parliament finally approved President Akufo-Addo’s six ministerial nominees.
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