John Dramani Mahama blames President Akufo-Addo and his appointees for the public sector hiring freeze in the 2023 budget.
Speaking at the 13th Congregation of the Accra Business School on Saturday, the former President urged new graduates to pursue business or seek to the private sector for work.
“Unfortunately, parastatals that were thriving a few years ago have been run into the ground by political appointees who have mismanaged the affairs of the state-owned enterprises. These constraints further the ability of the public sector to employ.
“Let me put our situation in a better context. Compensation cost for 2022 was estimated at 55.3 percent of tax revenue, which means off all the taxes we collect we spend 55.3 percent to pay wages and salaries for the public sector alone, amortization and interest payments consumed the rest of our taxes,” Mahama said.
Adding that “situation has compelled the government this year to announce a freeze or a ban on public-sector employment. This makes the situation rather dire for you…unfortunately due to mismanagement and reckless expenditure by the government over the last five years, the private business environment is also in a very poor state today.”
Mahama’s comments follow the government’s announcement of a hiring freeze in the public and civil service effective January 2023 as part of cabinet directives for expenditure rationalization in the 2023 Budget as Ghana prepares for an IMF bailout.