I did no wrong by going on leave – President

MAHAMA @ 1 in office

MAHAMA @ 1 in office

Accra, Jan. 7, GNA – President John Dramani Mahama said it was incumbent on every worker, including the President and his ministers, to go on annual leave and he, therefore, did no wrong by taking his leave during the Christmas season.

He said he put in place administrative measures to ensure that every public official went on annual leave to refresh his or her mind.

President Mahama, who was answering a question on his recent visit to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Flagstaff House, Kanda, said apart from refreshing ones mind, going on leave also gave other workers the opportunity to be versatile.

His recent leave and subsequent movement to spend the Christmas holidays in Dubai attracted all kinds of criticisms from the Ghanaian public with some saying he was insensitive to the economic plight of Ghanaians.

The President also answered questions on appointments, job creation, corruption, stabilization of the economy, political affiliations and development projects throughout the Country.

He said: “Nobody is indispensable in the public service and so we all need to take our annual leave for others to take over, unless you have something to hide from others in your office.”

President Mahama said his visit to Dubai during his leave was not to go and enjoy as was perceived by some Ghanaians but to honour the invitation of the ruler of Dubai and also explore investment opportunities.

He said he had a fruitful meeting with the ruler and investors from Dubai would, early this year, come to Ghana to explore investment opportunities which would eventually step up trade and commercial ties between Ghana and the UAE.

On the establishment of a second National Theatre in Kumasi, President Mahama announced that Government was currently holding talks with the Turkish EXIM Bank to construct it.

He said feasibility studies had been carried out and very soon the plan and other details would follow to ensure its commencement and execution.

President Mahama commended Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for providing land for the project and his instrumentality in the acquisition of funding and appealed to Ghanaians to support the Government to achieve similar goals.


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