Former President John Mahama has criticised the “mass sacking of workers by the NPP government.”
In two tweets on Friday, he condemned the act; describing it as a bad precedent for Ghana’s governance.
“Bad precedents for our governance. Mass sacking of workers by the NPP govt unacceptable. These workers are all citizens and like all Ghanaians have rights, which must be protected,” the former President said in the tweets.
Although the former President did not mention any specific dismal, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the former President’s party, has raised similar concerns.
The Minority NDC was critical of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s directive to the Administrator of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund, Kojo Fynn, to proceed on indefinite leave.
The office of the Administrator of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund is categorised under Article 70 of the Constitution and is supposed to enjoy secure tenure.
The appointments of all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) were also revoked days after the President was sworn into office.
Aside from this, the National Service Scheme (NSS) also revoked the appointment of persons who were employed at the Secretariat towards the end of the Mahama Administration in December 2016.
The Chief Executives of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), National Communications Authority (NCA) among others have all had their appointments prematurely terminated.
These sacked officials are largely perceived to be sympathetic to the erstwhile Mahama administration.
In March, the Minority in Parliament slammed government’s approach to the removal of some heads of government institutions a few days before the Akufo-Addo administration took over.
On the Floor of Parliament, the NDC MP for Wa West, Joseph Yileh Chireh, said the recent dismissals of some top executives is most undignified and contrary to due process.