Governance system attracting charlatans–Puni

Prof. Puni

Prof. Puni

Governance expert and Dean of Faculty of Management Studies at the University of Professional Studies-Accra (UPSA), Professor Albert Puni, has averred that there are more ‘charlatans’ going into full time politics because the system of governance in Ghana has become lucrative.

According to him, the way and manner government appointees are treated in the country makes governance mouth-watering for people to want to enter into politics.

“If you look at the way appointees are treated, driving in huge cars, with fat salaries, and many other incentives you would easily be swayed into going into politics,” Prof Puni stressed.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, last Tuesday, marked six months in office as the President of Ghana with an encounter with the media at the Flagstaff House in Accra.
Answering a question in relation to the size of his government, the President stated that Ghanaians are not going to be bothered by the size of his government, explaining that his responsibility is to deliver significant improvement in their lives.
But analysing the President’s response during the media encounter, Prof Puni observed that “the pecks around governance are so lucrative that it attracts a lot of charlatans into politics and this is draining the national coffers.

“The whole size and governance system, for me if you ask me, we are making the whole thing so lucrative, the pecks around governance is very lucrative that it attracts a lot of charlatans.
“See how governance looks juicy now, everyone wants to go there, even when you purpose to go into politics to help others without enjoying the luxuries, they think you are being populist.

“If the President is committed to bringing cost down then it is time to holistically look at the entire governing system,” Prof Puni noted.

Member of Parliament for Ho West, Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzrah said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s justification that the ends justify the means regarding the size of his government in relation to protecting the public purse is not tenable.
“The President just created additional ministries which are not yielding any results because you cannot pledge to reduce and protect the public purse when you have over hundred ministers including special assistances, and all these people draw their salaries from the same source,” he said.

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