Former President Jerry John Rawlings says the people of Ghana have reached their saturation point in putting up with the mediocrity of the Cabinet of President John Dramani Mahama.
He has consequently asked the sitting President to clear the dead woods in his administration and replace them with men and women who could inspire confidence.
According to the former junta head, the performance of the Mahama administration indicates the President’s men and women were not up to the task and should be replaced.
“People have reached their saturation point in putting up with officials of this administration who are not performing,” he told Joy FM yesterday.
The Founder of the ruling National Democratic Congress asked for an immediate Cabinet reshuffle to address the mediocrity that appears to be part and parcel of the Mahama administration.
In the midst of the economic crisis facing the nation, occasioned by the slide of the dollar, pound starling and the Euro, the former President said it was time for President to crack the whip.
“There are men and women in the NDC who could be relied upon to do a good job,” he said. “It has taken too long…” he complained. In his view, the President should have rung in the changes before the end of 2013.
According to the former air force pilot, who ruled this country for 19 years, he had never been privy to the choice of ministers in this administration and asked people using his name as a convenient tool to blame, when things do not go well, to desist from the act.
He said Ghanaians should know where to blame. “The elected President is the coach and that is where attention should be,” Mr. Rawlings stated.
Flt. Lt. Rawlings did not name those in Cabinet who deserve the sack. Many Ghanaians though, would not complain when Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper, is shown the exist.
He courted quite a negative press when he said in Parliament that the Single Spine Salary Structure was exhausting 70 percent of internal revenue and was responsible for lack of development effort on the part of this government.
It turned out that the Minister was only being economical with the truth. Public sector pay only accounts for about 41 percent of internally generated revenue.
Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Sulemani Amin, should be another candidate for the chop. For the five years that the NDC has been in power, the administration has not been able to construct the 31.7 kilometer Teacher Mante-Suhum-Apedwa stretch of the Accra – Kumasi Highway bequeathed to it by the previous Kufuor regime.
The other day, the Roads Minister touched on raw nerves of long suffering Ghanaians when he told a private radio station in Accra that demonstrations do not construct roads.
Observers believed many of the Presidents ministers, together with their Deputy Ministers, would have to give way if President Mahama would be able to steer the sinking ship of state out of trouble waters.