Professor Ken Attafuah, the Executive Director of the National Identification Authority (NIA), says President Nana Akufo-Addo barred him from recruiting any member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the NIA.
This is because the president wants to end the practice of staffing critical state institutions with party footsoldiers.
“The President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has charged me that I should make sure no party executives are hired in the process,” Professor Attafuah told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
He said the president’s vision is to build a neutral public service and “does not want to leave a legacy of employing his party members and packing them into a particular sector.”
“Neutrality is one of the principles of the Public Service. We need political neutrality so we are doing what the law says we should do and the President supports it,” he added.
Commenting on the development in an interview, Private legal practitioner, Professor Stephen Kweku Asare, popularly known on social media as Kweku Azar came to the defense of the beleaguered Executive Director of the National Identification Authority (NIA).
Speaking to YEN.com.gh, monitored by Ghanaarticles.com, Professor Azar argued that Professor Attafuah is the last person to “look down on anyone, as some are trying to infer from his remarks.”
“That is not a contested statement and is also taken directly from the NPP manifesto. The real problem that we must address is how to depoliticize our public institutions to make them work for everyone,” he added.