The Mahama administration delivered to Ghanaians “lean kenkey” instead of the “lean government” it promised, Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, nephew to President Nana Akufo-Addo has said.
“NDC promised a lean government and instead delivered lean kenkey at a higher price over a broken economy.
“NPP promised to fix the economy first and all other things to be added.
“The economy appears fixed. Now, let all the other things be added – this is the cry of the people”, the former Executive Director of think tank Danquah Institute (D.I.) said in the comment on Facebook.
A few days ago, Mr Otchere-Darko, in response to the raging controversy surrounding the 998 staffers at the presidency, said President Akufo-Addo’s focus is to have a results-oriented government rather than a lean one.
“Akufo-Addo has never put lean government before a government that delivers,” Mr Otchere-Darko wrote on Facebook in connection with the president’s presentation of a list of 998 staffers at the presidency to parliament.
“I recall in 2006, we were working on a speech and when I mentioned ‘lean government’, he told me point blankly that our situation in Ghana calls more for a well-resourced government machinery that can deliver.
To drum home the point, Mr Otchere-Darko quoted his uncle as saying at the time that: “The whole of Brong Ahafo had one senior prosecutor when he was appointed AG” and that: “The consequences of that is the delay and denial of justice to both the accused and victims of crime. I want to focus on the delivery machinery, on results.”
The former DI Executive Director said: “I don’t think he has changed. None of his 3 Manifestos stressed on the concept of small government. To him the capacity and ability to deliver is what matters most. Competent delivery is, after all, cost effective”, he added.