General News of Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Source: Daily Guide
Some business people who claim to be financiers of the activities of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) are annoyed at “people who are making President John Mahama’s government unpopular.”
According to them, a few individuals, including family and friends, have hijacked activities and programmes at the presidency and called on the president to rid his office of such characters to make the government more attractive.
The financiers, who did not want to be named, claimed that the happenings at the seat of government continuously alienates the party’s members who have fantastic ideas for the president, and noted that the new chief of staff has an uphill task of coordinating the government’s business.
They alleged that these people interfere in the running of the ministries, departments and agencies, adding that the development is dumping the morale of most appointees.
The NDC bankrollers said the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, had been particularly singled out for attacks owing to his insistence on prudent economic management as a way forward to lift Ghana out of the economic doldrums.
They observed, however, that it is the president’s open trust in his finance minister that is keeping Mr. Terkper and others like him in office.
According to them, some of the ministers and appointees are sitting on tenterhooks due to alleged pressure being mounted on the president to sack those who do not collaborate with them (treacherous elements).
The financiers warned that should the situation persist, they would develop a lukewarm attitude towards activities of the NDC, saying “We all want the President to succeed, but if these people around him would not allow the government to function properly and deliver on its ‘better Ghana’ promise, we would sit back and watch how things unfold.”
In their estimation, “The president is doing his best to tackle the economic challenges and so we do not need any destructive elements at this time.”