A Deputy Chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor, does see why the government should be more transparent with records about the travels of some Ministers, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives abroad.
Though Mr. Jinapor said he did not have such records readily available, he also said he was â€œnot sure of the usefulness of putting that information out.â€�
He was commenting on the temporary ban ofÂ government appointees’ trips abroad on the Citi Breakfast Show.
In justifying his assertion, Mr. Jinapor argued that such a move “will be unnecessarily prejudicial.â€�
â€œIt will just create the impression that a particular minister doesnâ€™t stay at home to workâ€¦ travelling out may be consequences or a derivative of his core mandate,” he argued.
The Deputy Chief of Staff suggested further that the media does its own digging if it wants information on the matter.
â€œWith all due respect and in all humility and honesty, you are a journalist and that is one of your cardinal duties. Why donâ€™t you get to work on that and inform the public,â€� he retorted to the Citi Breakfast Show host, Bernard Avle.
This is despite suggestions that the temporary ban was put in place because appointees were spending too much time abroad at the expense of work, and also draining the public coffers.
He said the government is only seeking to streamline the guidelines for foreign travels by appointees.
â€œIt is not because ministers are travelling too much. That is never the case. You can do that comparative analysis over the years as to how travel has been and also on the usefulness of the travels.â€�
With the impending framework, he said government officials will be â€œappraised of the sort of travels they will be permitted to embark on and those that will be frowned upon.â€�
In a memo sighted byÂ Citi News, signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, the presidency noted that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey, was the only appointee exempted from the directive.
â€œThe President of the Republic has directed that, all foreign travels by Hon. Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MMDCEs and Heads of Government Agencies be temporarily suspended with immediate effect. Guidelines in respect of future foreign travels aimed at minimizing disruption to Governmentâ€™s domestic work will be communicated to you shortly. The Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration is however exempted from this temporary ban on foreign travels.â€�
A similar travel restriction was placed on government officials in December 2015 under the Mahama government.
He bannedÂ public officialsÂ from first-class air travelÂ to cut wasteful spending.
At least, one official has complained about incessantÂ travels on the taxpayersâ€™ book.
Akua Djanie,Â who resignedÂ from her position as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourist Development Company, alleged among other things that her boss, was fond of travelling outside the country, neglecting the core duties at the company.
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citinewsroom.coom/Ghana
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