General News of Saturday, 21 September 2013
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday gave the assurance that government would support the Electoral Commission (EC) to carry out reforms that would help deepen further Ghana's democratic credentials.
He said although the current constitution does not make provision for power sharing, his administration would harness resources from all corners of the country to help in the socio-economic development of the country.
President Mahama gave this assurance when members of old parliamentarians called on him at the Flagstaff House, Kanda.
They were at the Presidency to congratulate him for his victory in the election petition victory and to throw their support for him in his tenure of office.
President Mahama promised to work with all manner of people to create wealth and prosperity for the country irrespective of their differences and background.
"I am ready to work with all Ghanaians irrespective of their ethnic, religious, political and geographical differences and location by harnessing their wealth of experience to improve the lives of our people," President Mahama added.
On wages and salaries, President Mahama said much as government had the intentions of improving their working conditions, spending about 70 per cent of the country's revenue on their remuneration was far higher than the global figures of 30 per cent.
He said given other development needs in the areas of health, education, potable water among others, government would continue to tread cautiously in order not to derail the economy.
President Mahama said although his administration started with challenges such as energy crises, fire outbreaks in the markets, and industrial strikes, the situation was normalizing and appealed to the former legislators to provide inputs that would help propel the development agenda of the country.
Mr Kosi Kedem, Chairman of the Association, appealed to President Mahama to run an all-inclusive government as a way of uniting Ghanaians irrespective of their political affiliations.
He also condemned the rampant industrial strikes in the country, which he said, could retard the orderly progress of development.