General News of Sat, 21 Apr 201843
Bloated staff: Akufo-Addo must admit he deceived Ghanaians – Lecturer
President Nana Akufo-Addo has been asked to publicly concede that he deceived Ghanaians when he promised that his government will protect the public purse.
Appointments made by the president so far show a “waste” of the taxpayers' money, a political science lecturer at KNUST, Dr Edward Brenya said as he analysed the over a year-old Akufo-Addo’s presidency.
The president on Friday released a list of 998 staff working at the seat of government, thus the Jubilee House. The number is a huge jump from what was used by his predecessor John Dramani Mahama, about 678.
Out of the total 110 ministers and deputies appointed by the president last year, only nine were mentioned in the new list of 998 staff.
Dr Brenya told Bright Nana Amfoh on 3FM’s New Hour Friday that the New Patriotic Party believes in property-owning democracy, it is therefore expected that once the president subscribes to that ideology, he should be the one forming a lean government.
“Is it not ironic that the president who has promised to protect the public purse, has done nothing but just wasting the public purse?” he wondered.
The political science lecturer observed that what is happening at the presidency is a clear sign of what many termed as ‘job for the boys’.
Akufo-Addo came under strong criticism for appointing 110 ministers to form his government
Dr Brenya, therefore, accused the president of using the presidency to reward party faithful.
He said when the 110 appointees were made, President Akufo-Addo was given the “benefit of the doubt, but now tell me, what is it that the NPP has done differently from presidents that we have seen? What has President Akufo-Addo’s done differently with that huge number of ministers that he appointed, what have they done?”
He further observed: “Interesting how politicians find ways and means to reward people and waste taxpayers money and later on turn around pointing accusing fingers at others.
“It is nothing but a waste of taxpayers money and I think that we should call spade a spade; the president at this point has totally, totally, sort of deceived Ghanaians and I think he has to come right and tell Ghanaians that I have deceived you, I have not lived up to my promise.”
See the full list of Akufo-Addo’s 998 staff at the presidency below