You can’t live large and tell citizens to sacrifice – Senyo Hosi to government

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, Senyo Hosi, has called on the government to lead in the effort at burden-sharing that has been suggested by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

Mr. Ofori-Atta in December last year, said it will take sacrifice and “burden-sharing as a people with one language” to transform the country’s economy.

But Mr. Senyo Hosi said the government has not been playing its part.

According to him, the country is broke and the development of the economy cannot be left on the shoulders of the citizens as government continues to make luxurious expenditures.

Speaking on Newsfile on Saturday, Mr Hosi said: “It is easy for everybody to talk about labour having to sacrifice. What is our government doing? I don’t think that our governments show the way appropriately.

We have to let people realize that while we claim that things are difficult, we are living lives that show things are difficult. You can’t claim that things are difficult and travels are what we see them to be. You can’t claim things are difficult and we are seeing our politicians buying new SUVs and trying to show who has the latest V8.

We can’t talk about things being broke and not talk about rationalizing the size of government. Government is too big. It is as simple as that. Show something and get labour to really come along.”

Interacting with host, Samson Lardy Anyenini, he stressed that it is time government starts living by example.

“As a father in my home, when things are difficult, I don’t drive the big SUV. I let people know that we all have to scale down. I go in a small car.

You can’t live large and at the same time, ask those like labour who we all admit are highly underpaid to be sacrificing.”



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