The New Ghana Social Justice Forum (NGSJF) has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to cancel all planned End of Year Parties in public institutions.
The forum attributes the dire economic situation in the country to rampant corruption and mismanagement within these entities.
President of NGSJF, Yahaya Alhassan, expressed concern over the economic hardships facing Ghanaians, citing hyperinflation of 35%, one of the highest in decades.
He stated, “Ghana is with the begging bowl at the IMF, and this is a result of the systematic loot and share by public officials.”
The petition, copied to President Akufo-Addo and relevant stakeholders including Public Institutions and State Agencies, Diplomatic Missions, and the Media, emphasized the urgent need for financial prudence, highlighting the struggles of over 850,000 Ghanaians already living in poverty.
“It is national betrayal and exploitation of scarce resources should government institutions stubbornly jettison this petition,” Mr. Alhassan said,
The forum’s policy document outlines the economic challenges, including threats to investors and bondholders, arrears in the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), and stalled projects in education infrastructure due to the mortgaging of GETFUND.
The Forum threatened to report non-compliant public institutions to the Ghana Police Service.
Alhassan warned, “We urge the authorities to act accordingly and arrest any institution that disobeys this noble petition, continuing with frivolous End of Year Parties while essential needs remain unmet.”