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General News of Thursday, 21 February 2013

Source: peacefmonline

Kwesi Pratt blasts government officials

Kwesi Pratt Jnr. Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, has launched a blistering attack on government appointees for their languorous attitude in rendering their service to the nation.

Kwesi Pratt, who obviously was alarmed at the unbearable working characters of government officials and employees in the public sector, lambasted them for the woes that has befallen the country.

Speaking in relation to the erratic water supply in the nation, he explained on Peace FM’s political discussion programme “kokrokoo” on Tuesday that, the officials tend to lose sight of the plight of the citizenry as soon as they gain placements in government offices.

According to him, some public sector personnel were virtually “destitute” but when they gained positions of authority, they start to lord it over others instead of devising ways to solve challenges facing the nation.

He expressed disgust over such behaviours, thereby calling for an instilment of discipline in the workforce.

He exclaimed that “when our leaders go to their offices, they complain about their chairs. So, all the chairs, paintings, carpets and virtually everything are changed.”

“Meanwhile, when you look at the houses they used to stay in before they become government officials; even “goats” will not live in such a place. But as soon as he becomes a government official, he wants an ultra-modern air conditioner. He wants new carpets...sliding doors and so on. But they won’t also work,” he screamed.

He further disclosed that according to a World Bank report, Ghana is demanded to pay up debts to a tune of about 4 billion dollars in order to boost the country’s progress.

He therefore expressed strong disappointment in government and the water sector workers for the crippling effects of the water shortages on the economy.

He revealed that defunct machinery and poor treatment of the nation’s water bodies among other practices as some major causes of the erratic supply of water to communities in the country.

“We are blessed with gold and diamond...we have water; we have learned people,” yet according to him, the nation is still inundated with economic problems.

“What offence have we committed to go through this suffering?” he asked.

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