NPP Snubs Mahama Forum


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‘And until the government accepts that it has poorly managed the economy, we won’t have anything to do with the forum,’ a party guru told this paper yesterday.

Paul Afoko
The NPP believed that the government was obstinate and not ready to accept any ideas offered outside the National Democratic Congress (NDC), considering last week’s ‘Yen tie obiaa’ (we won’t listen to anyone) brouhaha.

The forum, the NPP suspected, was only going to be used as a platform for the NDC’s own propaganda in order to seek legitimacy for the ‘killer programmes’ as contained in the document submitted to the IMF.

Even though the NPP as a party was not likely to participate in the process, information had it that some key and influential members of the party, including former Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku and economist Kwame Pianim might be in attendance.

However, Dr. Apraku hinted DAILY GUIDE last night through one of his aides, Ahmed Khalid, that he was not honouring the invitation. ‘He is not attending,’ Ahmed underscored.

Interestingly, the government in paragraph 1 of the policy document sent to the IMF, had indicated that it had already adopted a medium term framework of policies and structural reforms to transform the economy (2014-2017).

The retrenchment exercise is under the dictates of the IMF – an idea the NDC government has already gleefully agreed with the Bretton Woods Institution in exchange for the bailout.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has already kicked against any IMF bailout in any form, suspecting that it could only be a Trojan horse because of its strict conditionalities.

On the issue of ‘Rationalization of government employees’, paragraph 86 of the government’s medium term policy document lends credence to the fact that the retrenchment exercise was imminent.

‘Consistent with the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) objective of enhancing productivity of the public service, Government will undertake an exercise to rationalize public sector staff to ensure right-sizing of the public sector. This exercise may involve an option for voluntary retirement. A current situation analysis will be undertaken in 2014, the results of which will inform the form the rationalization will take. The actual rationalization of staff is expected to begin 2015,’ the report pointed out.

 By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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