General News of Wednesday, 11 March 2015
President Mahama has been charged to willingly accept criticisms and corrections that will help him effectively deliver on his mandate.
This advice comes on the back of a recent call from the President on critics not to descend into what he described as “purposeless lamentations” which he said were drawing the nation backwards.
But speaking in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, a deputy General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah stated that the President should develop a thick skin to deal with all sorts of comments about his government.
“The President should have a big belly for nonsense; we will tell him all the nonsense. He should even invite us to come and say all the nonsense and maybe out of the nonsense there is some wisdom. He can now use that to lead us into prosperity,” he added.
He however suggested that the government must dialogue with the TUC to find lasting solutions to the various labour issues saying, “there was the need to talk ourselves into peace… Let’s talk the issues.”
Meanwhile, President Mahama has told the Ghanaian community in Botswana during his 3-day state visit that he has developed the “dead goat syndrome” and has hence become immune to pressures from the labour front.
He said often what happens “is that in election years trade unions and everybody sees that government is in a vulnerable place and so that is where demonstrations and agitations for increased pay begin to happen.”
Government has been battling with Labour over the payment of the tier two pension funds into a private account.
The Labour unions contend that the government has no business in managing their pensions. Due to this disagreement between Labour and government, the latter has resorted to court to have the issue addressed.