Kwadwo Mpiani, a former chief of staff in the Kufuor administration, believes the New Patriotic Party (NPP) can win the 2024 elections, but it will depend on how its leaders handle themselves.
Within the current government, he argued, indiscipline and other undesirable behavior among government personnel must be controlled.
Mr. Mpiani remarked on Citi TV’s Have to Face that while President Akufo-Addo and his government are doing well, they face a number of obstacles.
He stated that the President must, among other things, scrutinize the actions of his appointments.
“He [Akufo-Addo] is in good shape. There are numerous issues, without a doubt. What I want him to do is ensure that people’s attitudes change, starting with the government and working their way down to the common Ghanaian. He needs to take a close look at it. A lot of our problems will be solved if he can achieve that.”
Mr. Mpiani stated that one of the mindsets he expects the administration to address is the usage of sirens by government officials.
“[He] must examine the government’s approach to governance and officials’ behavior toward society. For example, I consider the abuse of sirens [by government employees] to constitute indiscipline. That was not anything we [Kufuor-Administration] were doing. If there isn’t a function and you’re running late, you can ask for permission to do so. I wrote to a few regional ministers who, we were told, went to work with sirens every day. “I wrote to them and told them it had to stop, and it had to stop now,” he said.
The statesman advised that the NPP must work hard, maintain government discipline, and demonstrate that it is striving to address the issue of unemployment in order to win the 2024 elections.
According to him, the country’s unemployment situation is exceedingly concerning and will play a role in the future elections.
“Depending on how we conduct ourselves between now and the next election in 2024, it is possible [to break the 8].” He remarked, “[We need to check] the indiscipline, work hard, and handle unemployment.”