Former President John Mahama has reiterated his commitment to reducing the number of ministers and presidential staffers in his next government to save the country resources to help develop the private sector.
The NDC flagbearer said President Akufo-Addo who was then opposition leader prior to the 2016 election criticised the erstwhile administration of appointing a lot of ministers took over only to add up to the numbers in government.
To him, there’s a lot to do for the country when the NDC is voted to power than ballooning the size of government, stressing that his administration governed with less than 100 ministers and therefore he does not see why a smaller government size cannot deliver to expectation.
“My government will surely be smaler than this current government…You can look at the statistics and you’ll see that the NDc always have a leaner government,” he said while blaming the Akufo-Addo government for appointing a lot of people into his government.
“Key ministries under my administration were 23…I think that some of the ministries can be incorporated,” he said and hinted that his government will consolidate most of the ministries such as the Business Development, Sanitaion and other ministries when he assumes office.
Mr Mahama was reacting to a question on how his government will empower the private sector and controll the ballooning of government size at a dialogue session at the La palm Beach Hotel where he is currently meeting Ghanaian professionals.
“We will grow Ghanaian business…Indeed they help you,” he said while assuring that there are policies lined up in their manifesto to help create jobs.
He said more than a hundred and fifty thousand people in the construction sector had lost their jobs due to the government’s hostile attitude towards certain companies and pledged that his government will not do that.