The government has been urged to include on its economic management team, members of religious organisations in the country, citing as critical the role they play in national development.
The economic management team, under the leadership of vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, with the senior and finance ministers, among others, is an appointed team of the president who advise the government on some key policies.
At a town hall meeting of the economic management team Wednesday at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra, a member of the Conference of Christian bodies for Peace, called on the government to consider including at least a member of the conference in the team.
But senior minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, in response said, it will be difficult to immediately grant such request, noting there are various interest groups and associations which will like to have a representation on the team because of the critical role they also play in nation building. He thus suggested that instead of having them on the team as members, the team will rather engage them on their views or contributions as and when the need be.
The vice president admits the call is not entirely out of place to have religious people on the team, citing the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, as a man who is religious and on the economic management team.