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I support fat salaries for public officials who perform - Public Enterprises Minister

Joseph Cudjoe, the Minister for Public Enterprises has disclosed that some officials in the public sector deserve their huge salaries.

Joseph Cudjoe

He said he sees no reason why a person should not be paid a huge amount if he or she is performing in his role.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the Minister said he is a strong advocate of fat salaries.

“Maybe you are talking to the wrong person on salaries when it is fat. I openly declare anywhere that I am an advocate for a good salary and if this is bad tell me this is bad…If the person is performing and being paid good salary, I would clap for the person. If the person is not performing and taking that good salary, you exact performance from the person because you are paying the person. So I am a lover of fat salary. You can’t use me to pay people bad, I always speak for people who are not paid well,” he said.

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The minister justified his position by indicating that what makes a country wealthy, “is for people to be paid good salaries”.

He added, “when people get good salaries, it is when they can cater for their needs and also save in the financial system then deposits build up in the financial system. [You] give loans to businesses and individuals who need them. So if someone is taking a good salary, the issue is always whether the person is giving an output that reflects the salary, that is all.”

The minister also dispelled suggestions for the sacking of non-performing CEOs of state-owned enterprises stressing the fault may not be entirely theirs.

“They are reporting losses because we are not willing to pay the right prices. Because to report profit means that revenue must be generated, cost should be paid, interests should be generated, taxes, utilities, tariffs, every cost should be paid for and you record profits.”

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry has revealed that state-owned enterprises reported a GH¢5.3 billion loss in their operations in the 2020 fiscal year.

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