Mahama — Less than 60 of my ministers will not be eligible for ex-gratia.

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The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) presidential candidate, Mr. John Dramani Mahama , has stated that if he wins the 2024 elections, he will stop paying ex-gratia payments to the ministries and officials he appoints.

On Monday, May 15, 2023, the former president announced his selection as the NDC’s flagbearer and emphasized his commitment to avoid making the same mistakes as the present NPP administration in his acceptance address.

In contrast to his predecessors, he pledged to keep the government structure minimal.

In order to protect public expenditures, Mr. Mahama explained in a speech to a crowd at the University for Development Studies in Tamale how he intended to appoint no more than 60 ministers in his future cabinet.

“Our country is currently dealing with serious issues, including a severe debt load and an ineffective, wasteful administration. We can’t proceed in this manner. He argued that a leader would betraying the people if they continued with the same inefficient methods that made them poorer.

“I am committed to establishing an effective government with no more than sixty (60) ministers,” he further vowed. Even before the necessary constitutional reforms, such as a revision of the divisive Article 71, these ministers and other government officials would voluntarily renounce their entitlement to ex-gratia payments upon the conclusion of their terms.

If Mr. Mahama wins the 2024 presidential election, he initially stated during his campaign launch at the Cedi auditorium, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ho, Volta Region, in March 2023, that he would only appoint up to sixty ministers and deputies.

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