A Governance Expert Dr Eric Oduro Osae is suggesting to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ensure that future appointment letters are diplomatically handled to avoid confusion within his party as he nominates men and women to assist him rule the country.
He said leakages of appointment letters has the tendency of creating disaffection amongst members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) whose names have not been nominated.
Dr Oduro Osae expressed fear that cabinet meetings can even be leaked on social media if measures are not put in place by the government to curb leakages of appointment letters.
‘In governance if you have everything out there, it doesn’t augur well, selective sharing of information and principle of me to know are two important things, so if these are breached, you the government in power is in trouble. Because if you are not careful, then cabinet decisions may end up leaking, when it starts leaking to the public, then you are in trouble,’ he warned.
There is a seeming agitation amongst NPP members whose names were initially tipped for positions but have been ‘swerved’ when the original list was announced by the President.
Some ‘loud mouth’ persons within the NPP have accused the President of sidelining them after campaigning vigorously to push him into the Flagstaff House.
He further advised the President to ensure that those who do not qualify are not grossed over qualified persons by catching the eyes of lobbyists.
‘I think there are a number of people who are lobbying and trying to catch the attention of the powers that be. And the party like NPP, they have a lots of technocrats and highly qualified people. And if you have an organisation like that and you don’t put your foot down, or you are not able to put guidelines in place, you will end up grossing over people who are capable of attracting the attention of the lobbyists,’ he stated.
Speaking on Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, Dr Oduro Osae suggested to the Presidency to issue appointment letters at a source to bring sanity in the system.
This he explained will help the presidency to trace and track excesses if there are leakages.
‘When you allow appointment letters to be issued at diiferent units within the presidency, it can create some level of confusion in the appointments space… The office of the presidency can ensure that their system is water tight so that these letters will not find their way into the media, so if you put it out there like that, you give people the opportunity to compare, which is also not good, it makes the government naked. It puts things about the positions out there which is not good for governance. So I think there is the need for the presidential communication machinery to manage that bit well,’ he said.