The National Democratic Congress (NDC), MP for South Dayi, Mr. Rockson-Nelson E K Dafeamekpor, is alleging that the president has concealed information with regards to the total number of staffers working for him.
The list by the president he lamented is incomplete and inaccurate due to embarrassment.
The legislator told the host that, the total number of people that should have been on the list was over 1,600.
He said, the Minority will continue to demand for the true reflection of the number of people and the emoluments they are enjoying.
The MP said he knows some individuals working at the presidency but their names were not captured on the list presented to parliament ‘’and the reason for doing that was to conceal information so Ghanaians will not know they are working with more 1,6000 individuals.I personally know some people who have been given official vehicles and working at the presidency.’’
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he alleged added, the president budgeted for a total of 953 staffers but has presented a list of 998 persons and so ‘’the question to ask is, where did the president get the money to pay the others? The letter from the president said as at December 31st, 2017, the number of persons working for him were 998. However, the budget approved for you was for 953.’’
He accused the ruling government of peddling falsehood and doing the opposite of what they promised Ghanaians.
‘’The Nana Addo led administration is using his ‘obolo size’ government to mismanage, overspend and dissipate our resources. When you complain, they will justify the numbers and tell you the president appointed all these individuals for the specific projects he promised Ghanaians and yet, we cannot trace these projects. We will continue to mount pressure on government and demand for further details on the number of staffers working at the presidency. Parliament will resume on Thursday and I am sure this will be part of the issues we will raise on the floor. We will hold them to account for every pesewa,’’ he said.
When asked if he agrees with the argument that numbers does not matter but the efficiency, he disagreed saying, numbers matter because this same government when opposition attacked the late Mills for appointing about 75 ministers. They have appointed 110 ministers, he added.
He also disputed claims by Defence Minsiter, Dominic Nitiwul that, the current NPP inherited the numbers and has challenged him to provide the list of the persons they inherited.