General News of 2013-12-27

Herbert Mensah challenges Mahama to sack non-performing ministers

Former football administrator, Herbert Mensah says President John Mahama must be bold and sack non-performing ministers.

He warned that the continued stay in office of these non-performing ministers will weaken investor confidence in the country.

According to the former CEO of Asante Kotoko, Ghana at this stage of her development requires decisive and results oriented ministers.

In an interview with Joy News, he claimed some of the current ministers lack the capacity to transform their sectors.

“There is a cry out for stronger, more assertive leadership that is exhibited from the top, and the appointees should give the confidence that they are more than capable of doing the task with [some] air of humility and servitude.”

Herbert Mensah said Ghana could lose key investors if the situation is not addressed with urgency.

“Fundamentally Ghana is not working. We have appointments at all levels that the general public and the global world have no confidence in... We need to get back where I think there is greater discipline and respect for authority.”

He further noted: “Whenever I look at solutions, I look at the initial structures, I personally would not have made the appointments that they made, and this is not a criticism, it’s just I will not make those [appointments].”

Speaking from a businessman’s point of view, Herbert Mensah also complained that businesses in the country are being “taxed out of work”, adding the situation has been compounded by high overhead cost.

Describing the current structure being used by the Mahama-led administration to manage the country as wrong, he challenged the government to move away from “jobs for the boys”, and focus on competence, as well as persons who command respect and have the international character that can attract investment into the country.

Even though Ghana has well been marketed over the years which has driven the interest of many to come to the country, “but what they are now worried about is the cost of doing business here”.