- The Minority in Parliament has criticised the President for undermining the public service
- The Minority, led by Haruna Iddrisu, suggested the appointment undermines meritocracy within the Public Service
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described President Akufo-Addo’s appointment of the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Gas Company as an act that undermines the public service.
According to the Minority, Ghanaians should be worried by the fact that the President did not follow due procedure when making such an appointment.
Their grievances come after President Akufo-Addo appointed Ernest Owusu Bempah as the new Director of Communications for the Ghana National Gas Company.
Mr. Bempah was handed the appointment in May 2017 – a move which saw him replace Alfred Ogbamey who had been occupying the position since 2011.
The Minority in Parliament, though, believe the appointment of Mr. Bempah – who used to serve as the communications director of the National Democratic Party (NDP) – is an act that undermines the structures of the Public Service.
According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the precedent set by the president is one that does not speak well for the country.
In his view, the move by Akufo-Addo goes against Article 195 which states that “the power to appoint persons to hold or to act in an office in the public services shall vest in the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the governing council of the service concerned given in consultation with the Public Services Commission”.
He further criticized the president for failing to adequately put in place the boards of some public institutions, including the Public Procurement Authority as well as some Polytechnics.
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