Pres. Mahama asked to crack the whip on erring ministers

Prez-Mahama5President John Dramani Mahama has been asked to take a hard stance against government appointees, who make reckless utterances by dismissing them from their positions.

This is because the President has shown by example that he is a gentleman, a statesman and a unifier, and this must reflect in the public life and attitude of ministers of state and other public appointees.

The Bureau for Internal Affairs (BIA), an anti-corruption organisation, made the call, in a statement signed by Mr Godfred Nkrumah, the Co-ordinating Director of BIA.

It said “the President was very swift in sacking Ms Victoria Hammah, former Deputy Minister of Communications, over a wild talk and should apply the same measure against Mr Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry for his recent goof, and which has gone viral in the media.”

The statement indicated that “the allegations by Mr Mohammed against northern chiefs and other opinion leaders about their connivance with an unnamed minister to halt his political life as Member of Parliament (MP) for Nanton in the Northern Region, is unfortunate, divisive, disrespectful, too passionate and can undermine national cohesion.”

The statement indicated that although Mr Mohammed has since apologised for his action, a measurable sanction by the presidency would serve as a warning to his appointees that “people cannot just walk away with what they say; especially when it is the tax payers’ money that is offering them the logistics and the coziness of their offices.”

It said it was culturally reprehensible for a minister of state to describe chiefs and opinion leaders that they were condoning corruption, hence the need for President Mahama to act now to prove that nobody could escape from “the rod of discipline for reason of ethnicity, religion or the geographical location he or she may be coming from.”

It lauded Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, first vice chairman of National Democratic Congress, for criticising the action of the MP in a media report that quoted him (Ofosu Ampofo) as saying: “government appointees must learn to be humble.”

The bureau also called on the President to call Mr. Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, to order for his comments in the media asking Ghanaians to buy generators if they want to avoid the effects of the current power crisis, popularly referred to as “dumsor”.

It said it was very unfortunate for the minister to make such scathing remarks at such a sensitive period when the dumsor was affecting businesses and the economy in general.

“As a minister, he should know the effect of the mass use of generators on public health and the environment.”

– joyonline

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