Deputy General-Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, has launched a sharp criticism of the government over what he says is the politicisation of the civil service.
His criticism follows a recent press conference by the leadership of the Civil and Local Government staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) to complain about secret attempts to replace them at their jobs.
During CLOGSAG press conference, Executive Secretary, Dr Issac Paul Bampoe-Addo, accused some Ministers, especially the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, of replacing civil servants who had been forced to proceed on leave.
Dr Bampoe-Addo said the jobs of these civil servants are usually taken up by so-called “special assistants.”
Commenting on the matter, Koku Anyidoho said losing the civil service to politics spells doom for the nation.
Koku Anyidoho did not mince words in condemning the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration for politicising the civil service.
“For CLOGSAG to come out before May Day and condemn vehemently the over-politicisation of the civil service, then we are in trouble,” Anyidoho said.
The NDC must win the next election to rescue the civil service, according to the Deputy General Secretary of the biggest opposition party.
Mr Anyidoho who was recently arrested by the police for allegedly making treasonable comments also took a swipe at the government vision of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’.
He described the vision as an afterthought and an empty slogan that cannot win the NPP the next election.
“You finish putting out some slogan, Ghana Beyond Aid, and you are now telling us that you are setting up a ten-member committee to determine how Ghana will go beyond aid. Are we serious?” he quizzed.
The vociferous Deputy General-Secretary also said the government has failed to provide jobs for the people and effectively fighting the armyworm infestations that destroyed the produce of many Ghanaian farmers.
“They created jobs for armyworms instead of human beings. So the armyworms have had a field day in eating up all our farm produce,” he mocked.
Mr Anyidoho made the comments while addressing a gathering of party communicators during a training conference for them in Ho.
The training was to equip communicators of the party with skills to better discriminate party messages to the electorate towards winning the next elections to be held in 2020.
The training workshop was organised by the Ghana Social Democracy Institute (GSDI) and facilitated by party bigwigs such as Professor Kwamena Ahoi, Totobi Kwakye, Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu and Dr William Ahadzi, the Interim Rector of the GSDI.