Dr. Abu Sankara Forster, Convention Peoples Party's 2012 president candidate, has expressed concern at the numerous foreign trips Ghanaian government officials take compared to those taken by government officials in more developed countries.
According to Mr. Abu Sankara Forster, it's about time government officials reigned in these excessive trips abroad to lighten the load on the taxpayers money.
Speaking on the Executive Breakfast Show on Thursday, 19 January, Mr. Sankara said, “Think of the number of times people go to Europe and abroad for treatment and all of that, could we not save that money and put it in our own medical institutions?”
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“In addition to that, you have lots and lots of trips; I would like the economists to take a pen and pencil to list the total number of trips of each public official abroad for the whole year and see what that comes to in terms of the travel budget, per diems etc., and compare that to other more advanced countries and see how many times those people go out of their countries so we need to limit this. This is an expense,” he noted.
Other than that, the famed agronomist also said that a little modesty on behalf of Ghana government officials and appointees would go a long way towards freeing up pressure on the public purse.
“Could we not live in our houses and go to work? Could we not drive our own cars to work, reduce the number of four-wheel drives, park them in the compounds and then we take them out only when we go on field trips? All those will reduce cost of governance,” he suggested.