Colonel Ignatius Acheampong., Ghana's head of state, has carried out a major re-shuffle of the country's government.
Colonel Ignatius Acheampong., Ghana's head of state, has carried out a major re-shuffle of the country's government. The re-shuffle was followed by the swearing in of members of the new Supreme Military Council on Tuesday (14 October) in Accra.
Colonel Acheampong told the members the shakeup was designed to inject new blood into the government and ensure total re-dedication to the revolutionary ideals that brought the armed forces to power.
The re-shuffle replaces the National Redemption Council. Eleven commissioners of the former top ruling body have been retired and three others have resigned because they considered they had been subordinated.
Swearing in members of the new council, Colonel Acheampong - the council chairman - said that the armed forces had not taken over the government to seek or pursue personal interests.
Colonel Acheampong said that the aims of the council members were to give leadership and serve the people. He said that Ghana, like other countries, was facing difficulties created by world economic problems, adding that the only way these could be overcome was by modest living and discipline.
Colonel Acheampong also warned that the decisions of government must be implemented with revolutionary zeal and efficiency. He went onto criticise some top civil servants and commissioners of the National Redemption Council for not making themselves available to the people.
In moves to reduce inflation and stabilise the economy, the government has already introduced some unpopular austerity measures. Petrol is banned to private vehicles over the weekend. A wide range of new taxes have been brought in -- commercial firms found their taxes increased from 50 to 55 per cent. And a whole range of staple goods have increased in price.