General News of Thursday, 31 May 2018
Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management Public Administration (GIMPA). Prof Stephen Adei has maintained that the immediate past NDC government led by Former President John Mahama failed to provide adequate leadership in governance whiles in power.
According to Prof. Adei, the Mahama-led administration was able to provide good leadership to match up the daunting responsibilities and challenges of state governance.
Though he maintained that he only criticised the Mahama government after two years into office, Prof. Adei added that corruption was at its crescendo in his (Mahama’s) tenure.
On the Akufo-Addo led government, Prof Adei said less than two years into office was too early to criticise as government is still finding its feet.
“For two years under Mahama I never made a stated because I know it’s difficult to govern. The statement I made after two years which I still stand by where three, that at a certain point he had let Ghana down on quality of leadership. You may agree or disagree but professionally that’s what I think.
Also I think that corruption which has been with us was on ascendency under Mahama and lastly I felt some appointments were not in the interest of Ghana. But I never opened my mouth for two years under Mahama so I’m doing the same for Akufo-Addo”
Prof. Adei was speaking at a Media General’s Accra Dialogue organized in partnership with the Institute of Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation (FESF) in Accra.
Former Chief of Staff, Kwadwo Mpiani, who was also at the event stated interference in Ghana’s civil service by politicians over the years has currently placed the service in a “sorry state”.
He observed the service is no longer as effective as it used to be in the 1960’s and 1970’s, saying “compared to 1960s and 70s, the Civil Service as it is today or as it was in the not too distant past is in a sorry state”.
“The political neutrality in our civil service has been destroyed by us the politicians, and when I say politicians I mean both civil and military politicians. There have been too many dismissals in the service on a very wrong assumption of belonging to the other side” he stated.