General News of 2014-02-14

Presidential brouhaha: Kufuor had 692 staffers in 2005

In the wake of the controversy generated by the list of presidential staff, government sources have released a copy of the 2005 list presented to Parliament by President John Agyekum Kufuor.
The Presidency under John Kufuor in 2005 had 692 staffers compared to 678 staffers under current president John Mahama.
Kufuor's list included a Social Secretary to the President and swimming pool attendants.
The 2005 list failed to include the Ministers of State at the Presidency, the various sector Spokespersons under NPP, and did not also disclose staffers at the Office of Accountability which was established and operated under the Presidency.
Under current President John Mahama, the presidency has a staff strength of 678. It has been criticised as unreasonably large and an unnecessary drain on the public purse.
The former Chief of Staff under the Kufuor administration, Mr Kwadwo Mpiani said the figure is too high; it is “job for the boys”.
He claimed the state spends so much money to pay the salaries and wages of people in public service, and yet they complain of low wages.
“Too many people who are doing nothing at the public sector...there is quite a number of them who do very little... about four people doing the work of one person, it cannot be done in the private sector,” he noted.
The details of staffers under John Kufuor's administration is published:
Hon. Speaker,
ANNUAL REPORT TO PARLIAMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE STAFF, JANUARY - DECEMBER 2004
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993, (Act 463), I submit herewith, the Annual Report on the underlisted staffing positions of the Office of the President for the period, January - December, 2004 for your attention and necessary action:- the number of Presidential Staff employed at the Office of the President; the ranks- and grades of these staff; and employees in the other Public Services assigned to the Office of the President.
Three (3) Presidential Staffers were at post as at 31st December 2004, vide Appendix ‘A’ attached. Other appointees at the Office are listed in Appendix ‘Al\ The ranks and grades of these staff are indicated against their names in the schedule.
Employees in Public Sector Organisations assigned to the Office include Civil Servants of various classes (i.e. Administrative, Executive/Clerical, Secretarial, Supply and Materials Management, Accounting and Data Processing), Household, Audit Service, Ghana Health Service, ctc.
The total number of these staff is 692 as shown in Appendix ‘B\ Appendix ‘C’ shows the breakdown of the Household Staff.
THE RIGHT HON. SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT PARLIAMENT HOUSE STATE HOUSE ACCRA
Appendix "A"
LIST OF PRESIDENTIAL STAFFERS AS AT 31st DECEMBER, 2004
Mr. Kwadwo 0. Mpiani - Chief of Staff
Mr. D. K. Osei - Secretary to the President
Mr. Annan Arkyin Cato - Secretary to the Cabinet
Appendix "A 1"
OTHER APPOINTEES:
NAME DESIGNATION
Mr. Gabby Nsia Nketia - Special Assistant
Cecilia Dapaa
Mr. Tommy Amematekpor
Mrs. Oboshie Sai-Cofie
5 Mr. Nii Ayitey Boafo - "
Mr. Mike Adjei - "
Mr. Kwabena Agyepong - Press Secretary to the President
Ms. Frances Agadzi - Social Secretary to the President
Mr. 0. B. Amoah - Special Assistant to the Vice President
Mr. Armiyao Harruna - Special Assistant to the Vice President
Prof. Kwaku Appiah-Adu - PCMEU*
Dr. Samuel Somuah
Mr. Dan B. Agyeman
Mr. Kwasi Ankamah
Mr. Sam Annan - "
Mr. David Annang - "
* POLICY COORDINATION, MONITORING AND EVALUATION UNIT
Appendix "B"
BREAKDOWN OF CIVIL/PUBLIC SERVICE STAFF AT THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
GRADE NUMBERS
Administrative Class - 17
Executive/Clerical/Personnel Class - 15
Senior Computer Programmer - 1
Secretarial Staff - 33
Supply & Materials Management Staff - 13
Protocol Unit - 2
Records Class - 13
Household Staff (see Appendix "C") - 417
Total strength of Administrative, Secretarial, etc = 511 And Presidential Household Staff.
OTHER STAFF ON ATTACHMENT
Department of Parks & Gardens Staff - 52
Ghana Health Service - 14
Controller & Acct.-General Department's Staff - 21
External Audit Staff (Audit Service) - 15
Internal Audit Staff - 5
Ghana Post - 4
Ghana Telecom - 5
Ghana National Fire Service - 9
Public Works Department - 56
Total = 181
Grand Total = 692
BREAKDOWN OF HOUSEHOLD STAFF
TRANSPORT UNIT
There were 65 Drivers attached to various units of the Office AUTO-MECHANICAL WORKSHOP
The number of staff was 24 all based at the State House Workshop SANITARY LABOURERS/OVERSEERS
These were 45 in number and distributed among the Castle, Peduase - 45
Lodge and Official Guest Houses
CLEANERS
There were 101 Cleaners oasea at the State House, the Castle, - 101
Peduase Lodge and other Government Guest Houses.
GARDENERS
There were five of them, all based in the Castle - 5
SECURITY GUARDS/WATCHMEN
They numbered 26, mostly night-watchmen, and assigned to the State - 26 House, Black Star Square, Peduase Lodge and Official Guest Houses.
WASHERMEN
There were seven (7) Washmen assigned to the State House and Castle - 7 MESSENGERS
There were 13 Messengers serving the various units in the Castle - 13 ARTSANS IN ESTATE DIVISION - CASTLE
(a) There were a total of fourteen (14) Artisans comprising - 14
Plumbers, Carpenters, Electricians, Masons and Painters
LIBRARY STAFF
There were three (3) employees in the Castle Library STEWARDS
There were a total of forty-eight (48) Stewards located at the Castle, State House, Peduase Lodge, Independence Square and State Guest Houses.
RECEPTIONISTS
There were two (2) Receptionists, one in the Castle and one at the State House.
SWIMMING POOL ATTENDANTS
There were three (3) in number, distributed as follows:
State House -1, and Peduase Lodge - 2
CARETAKERS
There were two (2) Caretakers all at the Castle CATERING DIVISION
The office had a total of fifty-two (52) Catering Staff spread among the Castle, State House, Peduase Lodge and State Guest Houses.
SEAMSTRESSES
There were five (5) in number and distributed as follows:
Castle - 3, and State House - 2
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER OF HOUSEHOLD
There was one (1) based at the State House INVESTIGATORS
There were two (2) Investigators being staff of the erstwhile Confiscated Assets Committee (CAC) who were handling residual functions of the Committee.
Source: myjoyonline.com
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