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Flashback: Akufo-Addo wasting state funds – CDG-Ghana

Nana Addo Akufo Addo President Of The Republic Of GhanaASD President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Three years ago in 2017, the Democratic Governance-Ghana (CDG-Ghana) the Akufo-Addo-led government of wasting expenditure during its period in office.

The think-tank at that time alleged that, within a span of nine months (January – September 2017), the Office of the President spent a total of GH¢ 76,108,388.94 on goods and services.

The group claimed that GH¢68,458,797.94 of the amount was spent at the Office of the Chief of Staff and GH¢3,831,270.00 at the Vice President’s Secretariat.

The Chief Convenor for the group, Dr Ebenezer Hayford, said such an act affected key growth sectors of the economy.

‘’From all angles it’s a wasteful expenditure, that is why I was trying to find out what kind of purchases of goods and services will amount to GHS 76m for the Office of the President. I am seeking to point out that the president has actually been telling us one thing and doing another thing. They promised to protect the public purse, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is not the first and will certainly not be the last president but those who came earlier let’s say in the fourth republic had a sizeable budget for purchasing goods and services, why is it that in his case the budget is too high? Any sensible person will want to find out, why that sum of money when he could have done it another way?’’ Dr Hayford questioned.

Read the full article as first published by classfmonline below:

The Caucus for Democratic Governance-Ghana (CDG-Ghana) has accused the Office of the President of wasteful expenditure within the period the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has been in office.

According to the think-tank, within the space of nine months (January – September 2017), the Office of the President spent a total of GH¢76,108,388.94 on goods and services.

The group explained that GH¢68,458,797.94 of this amount was spent at the Office of the Chief of Staff and GH¢3,831,270.00 at the Vice President’s Secretariat.

In an interview with Class FM’s Jerry Akornor, the Chief Convenor of the group, Dr Ebenezer Hayford, said the immediate effect of the wasteful expenditure is that key growth sectors are denied resources to generate economic growth and development.

The former University of Ghana Senior Lecturer wants the presidency to control expenditure in order not to drain public funds.

‘’From all angles it’s a wasteful expenditure, that is why I was trying to find out what kind of purchases of goods and services will amount to GH¢76m for the Office of the President. I am seeking to point out that the president has actually been telling us one thing and doing another thing.

They promised to protect the public purse, President Akufo-Addo is not the first and will certainly not be the last president but those who came earlier let’s say in the fourth republic had a sizeable budget for purchasing goods and services, why is it that in his case the budget is too high? Any sensible person will want to find out, why that sum of money when he could have done it another way?’’ Dr Hayford questioned.

Attached is a press release by CDG-Ghana containing details of the expenditure according to the think-tank.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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