Professor Ransford Gyampo has suggested that, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo should consider the possibility of reshuffling the managers of the state’s finance and economy.
In an open letter to the President, Prof Gyampo outlined some 9 steps he believes if taken, could revive the Ghanaian economy and also help lessen the hardship the country is currently going through.
The UTAG – UG Secretary believes that, in as much as there could be genuine reasons for the hardship the country is currently facing, the essence of instituting a government, is not to explain, but to solve problems.
He further stated, it would be prudent to make Ghanaians aware, whether or not, something can be done about the current situation and whatever it is that can be done, must be done now.
Among his suggestions, that could help reduce the hardship, Prof. Yaw Gyampo mentioned;
1. Reducing the size of the government and realigning some functional duplicative ministries.
2. Reduction in salaries of the President and appointees by 30 percent and suspending of payment of allowance and per diem to people earning huge salaries.
3. Withdrawal or reduction of fuel coupons to appointees, friends and family members, with the exception of the Presidency.
4. Parking, and possibly auctioning of V8 Vehicles. They should be used, if the need be, only when appointees are traveling out of the city centres to remote areas.
5. Making appointees stay and work in Ghana. If need be, they should fly with economy class tickets.
6. Reinstating of the hurriedly scrapped toll booths with a little adjustment from 50 pesewas to 1 cedi for salon vehicles and from 1 cedi to 2 cedis for big engines.
7. Scrapping of “nuisance taxes” on petroleum products as a way of cushioning Ghanaians.
8. Institution of measures to ensure the country doesn’t continue to fetch water with basket, taking into consideration the 2020 Auditor General Report which suggested that, some 12.8 billion cedis was lost due to infractions and other irregularities.
This is coming at the back of an increase in fuel price and further depreciating of the Ghanaian Cedis.