Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has descended heavily at the Minority MPs of Parliament for their decision to vote to approve the six (6) ministers nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffu Addo.
It would be recalled that on Friday, March 24, 2023, the Members of Parliament after the heated debate and argument between the two sides later approved the six ministers nominee through voting.
The Ministers include K.T Hammond as Minister of Trade and Industry, Bryan Acheampong, Minister of Food and Agriculture and Stephen Asamoah Boateng, Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
Others are, Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, Mohammed Amin Adam Anta, Osei Bonsu Amoah, Minister of State at the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development and Dr. Stephan Amoah, Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry.
However, former President John Dramani Mahama, who is not happy about the development, expressed his disappointment, saying “those responsible for this betrayal must do some serious soul searching and learn to place national interest over personal interest”.
Reacting to the issue on his Facebook wall, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer hopeful stated, “A couple of weeks ago, our NDC group in Parliament announced a principled position not to approve any new ministers until the President has taken steps to significantly reduce the size of his government. This position was supported by a broad section of Ghanaians and public advocacy groups”.
“Unfortunately, Ghanaians were sorely disappointed yesterday when several members of the Minority for some parochial and personal interest voted against the principled position adopted by the party,” he added.
Mr. Mahama further stated, “Equally disappointing is the President’s refusal to seize the opportunity to realign and downsize his bloated government when the NPP flagbearer hopefuls and the Chieftaincy minister resigned. Clearly in this time of crisis and excruciating hardships, President Akufo-Addo, his NPP administration and some of our MPs are out of tune with the mood of the Ghanaian people”.
“I still believe, as I said in Ho recently, that in this time of crisis, the government can still run efficiently with not more than 60 ministers.
He thus urges the grassroots of the party not to despair about what he described as betrayal. “For our grassroots members and all Ghanaians who are disappointed by this insensitivity, I urge you not to despair”.
“2024 offers us an opportunity to work hard to defeat this reckless government that seeks to destroy our democracy and the very livelihoods of Ghanaians- an opportunity for us to work and build the Ghana we all want from January 07, 2025”.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana