Minister tells Akufo-Addo: Provide solutions; don’t just complain

Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu is challenging opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo to go beyond criticism and provide alternative solutions to the ongoing labour discontent.

He said what Ghanaians expect from the New Patriotic Party (NDC)’s 2016 presidential candidate is nothing short of constructive opposition.

Nana Akufo-Addo had condemned what he claimed was government’s poor way of managing the Second Tier pension scheme of workers. Some public sector workers had embarked on strike over the management of their pension fund, which compelled government to file application at the court to declare the strike illegal as well as interpretation of the National Pensions Act 2008, Act 766.

Nana Akufo-Addo said the dispute surrounding the tier-2 pension funds was the result of the “opaque manner in which these matters are being dealt with by the NDC government… It is something very worrying for all of us, especially for us in the NPP, because we were the ones that put in place the legislation governing the whole pension structure.”

But speaking on Joy FM/MultiTV’s news analysis programme, Newsfile on Saturday, Labour Relations Minister Haruna Iddrisu indicated that what the opposition leader did was to complain without telling the public what he will do differently when elected.

“Nana Akufo-Addo failed to appreciate, and he failed to share with the Ghanaian people what he will do as president of the Republic. What opposition means is constructive alternative. Let Nana Addo go further and provide better particulars [on] how he intends to manage this as the president of the Republic of Ghana [in the likely or unlikely event].

“I think that his comment was inadequate and insufficient. He had to share with Ghanaians so that they will know an alternative… how this ought to be managed by government.”

Haruna Iddrisu noted that the strike will not solve the problem, and therefore urged workers and government to expeditiously work towards resolving the impasse.

He also welcomed calls by workers for an independent audit into the pensions account.

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