Gov’t Freezes Public Sector Employment Effective January 2023.
During today’s 2023 budget reading, the ‘under pressure” finance minister revealed the decision of the government to freeze or halt public sector employment. According to him, this is one of the strategies to deploy in order to restore the economy back to its feet.
Ofori Atta also made the announcement that the purchase of new cars will be limited to those that are locally produced and that the allotment of gasoline coupons to political appointees as well as the heads of MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs will be curtailed by fifty percent.
Mr. Speaker, the government has taken the first step in rationalizing expenditures by approving the following directives, which will begin to be implemented beginning in January 2023: It has been ordered that all MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs cut gasoline allocations to political appointees and the heads of MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs by a factor of fifty percent.
As a consequence of this, fifty percent of the money set aside in the budget for fuel the year before (2022) will be reserved for official business relating to MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs;
Starting in January 2023, all government vehicles will be required to have GV green number plates in order to be registered. There is a restricted amount of money in the budget for the purchase of automobiles.
For the avoidance of any ambiguity, the procurement of new cars should be confined to locally produced vehicles; “Only essential official overseas travel throughout government, including SOEs, shall be authorized.”
There will be no exceptions made for board members who need to go abroad for official business.