Mahama speaks on govt’s hiring freeze, says it’ll make the situation dire for graduates

John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said the move by the government to freeze hiring into the public sector, as announced by the Finance Minister in the 2023 budget, will make the situation dire for graduates in the country.

In the view of Mr Mahama, the government took this decision is a result of reckless spending and mismanagement of the economy.

Speaking at the 13th Congregation of the Accra Business School on Saturday, he said “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, amortisation and interest payments consumed the rest of our taxes,” the former president said.

He added “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.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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