Focused on delivery, not lean gov’t – Gabby speaks on Nana Addo’s 998 Staffs saga

The government has come under pressure and criticism after it was revealed that it had 998 staff working at the presidency alone, exceeding that of the John Mahama government by 200.

Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, an ex-Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, has spoken on the trending issue saying that President Akufo-Addo is not as concerned about the size of his government as he is about the effective delivery of government’s development agenda.

Many said the large staff size at the seat of government betrayed the president’s pledge to ‘protect the public purse’, which suggested that he would run a smaller but a more efficient government.

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, who is a close associate of the president, stated accordingly that “Akufo-Addo has never put lean government before a government that delivers.”

In a Facebook post reacting to the raging debate over the increasing government size, he said,

“He [Akufo-Addo] told me point blankly that our situation in Ghana calls more for a well-resourced government machinery that can deliver….To drum home the point, he said the whole of Brong Ahafo had one senior prosecutor when he was appointed AG.. The consequences of that is the delay and denial of justice to both the accused and victims of crime. I want to focus on the delivery machinery, on results.”

While stressing that Akufo-Addo had never promised to run a ‘lean’ government as some have claimed, the lawyer said, “I don’t think he has changed. None of his 3 Manifestos stressed on the concept of small government. To him the capacity and ability to deliver is what matters most. Competent delivery is after all, cost-effective.

 

Source: Citi Newsroom

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