Govt communicators are disappointing – Prof Gyampo

An Associate Professor and a Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo has slammed the government over what he claims is its poor manner of communication to the public.

According to him, information flow has been very poor since the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration assumed power in 2017 because the government loved to keep issues to its chest, a situation he insisted doesn’t ensure transparent, probity, accountability governance.

Prof Gyampo, who is also the Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Ghana, expressed his disappointment when he discussed the president’s appointment of the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Kwame Owusu as the Board Chairman of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

Mr Owusu, who was in the news months ago for allegedly installing 13 air conditioners in his house was accused of financial misappropriation at the company, including spending GHȻ1million to renovate his official residence, the government, subsequently instituted a probe into the matter, but the outcome or report has been shelved, however, resigned having attained the age of 65.

 Professor Gyampo indicated that even before Mr Owusu’s new appointment, considering the public interest in the matter, the government ought to have done what was right by making public the report of the probe on him which will show that he had been cleared or not of the allegations against him.

“The problem with this regime is that they don’t know how to communicate and they don’t put out information, we don’t know, we are all operating in a kind of opacity, there’s freedom of information and all that but they are always keeping things to their chest.

“It may well be possible that the president knows something about this man that we all don’t know and that’s the reason why he’s still bringing him up on board,” Prof Gyampo posited –

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