The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has directed Parliament’s Minority Caucus not to vote on President Nana Akufo-new Addo’s ministerial nominees.
The nominations, according to the NDC, are insensitive and will have an impact on government spending in the midst of the economic mess created by President Akufo-Addo and his Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The NDC stated in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, that “the NDC has long expressed concern over the current government’s very large size and shares the views of most Ghanaians, including civil society, that it must be reduced bearing in mind the current massive economic mess the country has been plunged into by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government.”
The party stated that it has repeatedly asked the government and President Akufo-Addo to reduce the number of appointees, but the president has refused.
It stated that the party’s option for attempting to compel the president to reduce the size of his government is to direct members of the party in Parliament to reject the nominees.
“Against this backdrop, the NDC leadership has directed the Minority caucus in Parliament not to approve any of the new ministerial nominees and to continue to push for a reduction in the size of government in order to reduce the unnecessary drain on scarce public resources.”
“In this moment of haircuts, the most important thing the government can do is to do a “governmental haircut”.
“We believe that our directive to the minority in parliament strongly aligns with the genuine sentiments of the majority of Ghanaians,” the NDC said in a statement.
President Akufo-Addo nominated six New Patriotic Party (NPP) members to replace some outgoing ministers on February 7.