An aspiring parliamentary candidate for the Okaikoi North constituency in the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Kofi Nyarko Adepa, has advised the government to enforce the cut in salaries of political appointees, the 50% reduction in fuel allocation and the restriction of the use of V8 and V6 to the letter.
According to him, the Finance Minister’s announcement should not end there but should be enforced so that the people can have faith in the government.
He suggested that the government should ensure that it lives up to its words rather than just saying them.
The government has announced that officials will be restricted from driving V8 and V6 vehicles beginning in January 2023.
This was announced by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta during the presentation of the 2023 budget on Thursday, November 24.
He told lawmakers that such vehicles would be permitted for travel outside of Accra.
In addition, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), and State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have been directed to cut fuel allocations to political appointees and their heads by half.
The directive, which was approved by the government and announced in parliament during Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta’s presentation of the 2023 budget statement, aims to reduce spending in order to return the country to pre-pandemic macro stability.
Commenting on these directives, Mr. Adepa said there was a need for the government to block all loopholes that make the country lose money.
He said we are facing an economic crisis, and efforts were underway to resolve them.
However, the government must also put in steps to maintain fiscal discipline.
He was discussing the key highlights of the 2023 budget statement presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta last week on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM.
“We must take the country seriously. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about something like this. We cannot assign these administrative issues and then fail to enforce them strictly. When they issue these directives, it means it affects them. I hope they follow these directives exactly.”