Net Freeze On Public Sector Employment Still In Force - Finance Minister

May 24, 2017

…Thus, the only way to employ NPP activists is to sack those already employed to create vacancies


Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has reminded all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) on government payroll that “the policy of Net recruitments is still in place for all MDAs…”


The reminder was contained in a May 9, 2017 letter titled 2017 BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION INSTRUCTIONS with reference number MOF/PFM/04/17.


Ken Ofori-Atta’s reminder kept faith with the policy as was implemented under John Dramani Mahama.


Under the Mahama administration, the policy of net-freeze on employment into the government sector did not affect recruitments in the education and health sectors.


Net recruitment policy with regards to employment into the public sector was one of the policies that the then candidate Akufo-Addo and his running-mate, Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia harangued the John Mahama administration over.


At the least opportunity, Akufo-Addo and Bawumia told the Ghanaian people that the policy being implement by the Mahama administration was inhumane as it did not allow qualified Ghanaians to gain employment in the government sector.


With promises of creating more jobs, Akufo-Addo and Bawumia hoodwinked a lot of young people into believing that under an Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration, the policy of Net-freeze on employment would be revoked so as to allow for free-for-all employment opportunities in the government sector.


With rising disenchantment among the rank and file of the governing party as expectations of gaining employment in the government sector keeps waning with each passing day, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia-led government is left with only one way out; create vacancies by sacking those who are already in employment.


In the last few months, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia-led administration has succeeded in creating thousands of vacancies in the government sector by sacking people who have been employed at MASLOC, National Service Scheme, NADMO, and several other agencies and departments under the government sector.


The latest institution to be touched in this mass vacancy-creation agenda was the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, where some hundred workers were last week given notice that they have been terminated.


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