Prof Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, aspirant National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has welcomed proposals for government appointees to make periodic financial donations to support party activities at all levels.
According to him, the party’s decision to require appointees to make financial commitments will allow the party to collect more revenue to fund its operations.
“You see, when a huge number of individuals contribute, even GH1 a month may make a big difference.” If you have 6 million members and each one is required to pay GH1 a month, you will earn $6 million per month,” he explained.
In a presentation to party supporters at the Upper East Regional Delegates Conference, the party’s General Secretary, John Boadu, stated the party has agreed to compel all appointees to make monthly financial commitments to fund party activities at various levels.
“There is no party anywhere in the world whose government officials do not remit their constituency party, regional party, and national party on a regular and recurrent basis.”
“And I believe it is critical that we take that seriously here—that government appointees, MMDCEs, ministers of state, board members, and all that,” Mr Boadu remarked.
Prof Ameyaw, however, advised against setting a figure that might force appointees to engage in fraudulent acts.
“At least if it’s 2% of your salary, I don’t think it’ll lead to unethical practices—you might set away part of the money you normally spend on leisure, such as going out with friends. The party will not ask for half of the vote since it would be impossible.
If you are satisfied with a high percentage, that is acceptable, but not at a rate that would be inconvenient for you and would force you to seek income in illegal ways.” He continued,
He also observed that in spite of the meager allowances he received as a board chair of procurement authority, he is willing to part away 2 to 3 percent of his allowance to support NPP activities.