Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has announced that his ministry will halt hiring new employees for the country’s civil and public services beginning in January 2023.
Doing so, Mr. Ofori-Atta said is geared towards the government’s strategy in rationalizing expenditures in the future.
He intimated while delivering the 2023 Budget Statement and Government Economic Policy to Parliament on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
Mr. Ofori-Atta stated the hiring freeze for civil and public workers was part of cabinet directives on spending cuts in these difficult economic times.
He also said no government agencies would be established next year.
There is an unprecedented hardship in Ghana caused by rising inflation and devaluation of the Ghanaian currency.
These triggered calls for the dismissal of Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta who several Ghanaians accused of mismanaging the economy.
According to them, ousting the country’s top keeper of its purse will restore confidence in the economy.
However, President Akufo-Addo rejected the calls, pleading with the citizenry to allow Mr. Ofori-Atta to conclude the IMF negotiations.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana