General News of 2014-02-12

Gov’t must backup; they have failed Ghanaians - Tony Aidoo

Dr. Tony Aidoo has criticised his own administration, accusing it of failing to live up to its responsibilities of making life less onerous for the Ghanaian.

According to the Ambassador-designate, the government has flunked in taking decisive steps to plug the leakages in the system, particularly at the revenue mobilisation points, which tend to cause the masses to suffer.

Dr. Aidoo, who is the out-going Head of Policy Monitoring and Evaluation at the Office of the President, on Wednesday, stated on the Joy FM Super Morning Show that, "government must backup" and stop giving excuses for the inability to deliver what it promised Ghanaians.

"There is strong material evidence that a great deal of leakages go on in there [Ghana Revenue Authority]; an official from the VAT [Value Added Tax] will go and connive with a "vated entity" most of the time to reduce the liability...There is a conspiracy that has been going on for a very long time".

"And to the extent that this goes on...government has failed Ghanaians," he stated.

"You have no excuse to fail!

"Don't tell me that you came to power without realising the huge responsibilities that you are going to incur when you are voted into power. However onerous the responsibility of governance, it must be done and you have to do it in a way and manner that balance resources and your outgoings."

Dr. Tony Aidoo also dismissed the notion by some of his colleagues in government to the extent that, his persistent criticism of the government regarding the seemingly poor economic management is solely intended to serve his interest.

"I am not pursuing a Tony Aidoo Agenda," he stressed.

He encouraged the public to be bold and speak out when public resources are not being managed properly by the government.

"As a citizen of this country who has worked in public service all my life; left a comfortable establishment; prospective work in Jamaica and Bristol to come back to Ghana, I believe that I have a duty to act in the public interest.

"The economy is not working well; we should say so. We should not be hypocrites and sycophants and pretend that everything is working well," he said.

Source: myjoyonline.com
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