Founder and General Overseer of the Full Gospel Church International Bishop Samuel N. Mensah, has asked President Akufo-Addo and his appointees to set inspiring examples if they want Ghanaians to tighten their belts in the face of our economic challenges.
The man of God says, political leaders, must set examples for citizens to follow if they want the country to develop
In his view, the government led by the President cannot be living extravagantly and tell Ghanaians to tighten their belt or sacrifice for the nation.
Delivering a message on Ghana’s independence, he said the President should not be flying expensive private jets and ignore concerns raised by citizens in the face of the economic woes and yet, turn around to tell Ghanaians to make sacrifices by paying more taxes.
Using the analogy of parents and the children, he said children do not do what their parents tell them to do but what they see them (Parents) do.
He said if he were to be President, he would cut down his expenditure so Ghanaians would also sacrifice for the nation.
He indicated that the president must take the bold step in reducing the spending of his administration, reduce the fleet of cars and entourage that follows him around when visiting places.
He believes the President must also ask all his appointees to fly economy class when embarking on official assignments as part of measures to cut costs and sack all those who will breach that directive.
For him, the various teacher unions, doctors and all other public sector workers will not demand more pay when they see the President and his appointees setting the example and cutting down on their expenditures.
He explained that Ghanaian workers will continue to demand better conditions of service when they realize the government keeps increasing its expenditure all the time.