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Economic woes: We’ll discontinue payment of utility bills, fuel, DSTV, other freebies for gov’t appointees if I become president — Mahama

  Wed, 29 May 2024
Headlines Economic woes: Well discontinue payment of utility bills, fuel, DSTV, other freebies for govt appointees if I become president — Mahama
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Mr John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has pledged to eliminate free fuel and other non-essential benefits for government officials if he is elected president in the upcoming December elections.

Speaking during a meeting with the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Mahama outlined several cost-saving measures his administration plans to implement to reduce the financial burden on the state.

Among these measures is the termination of free DSTV subscriptions, utility bill payments, and fuel allowances currently provided to government officials.

“We will discontinue the payment of utility bills, fuel, DSTV, etc. as conditions of service for top government officials, directors, and the political class. We believe that people should take up paying their own electricity bills and water bills like every other Ghanaian does,” Mr. Mahama stated.

He emphasised that these benefits are excessive and unnecessary, arguing that government officials should bear the cost of such services just like ordinary citizens.

Mr. Mahama stressed the need for equality and fiscal responsibility, noting that the state’s finances could be better allocated.

“Unless you are using a government vehicle or on government assignment, you should buy your fuel if you are using your own car and so we are going to discontinue that,” he added.

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