A member of the National Communication team of the opposition NDC wants to know if President Akufo-Addo has turned the presidency into a farm which requires a huge labour force to work on.
Sammy Gyamfi who described the number of presidential staffers as unprecedented said it was a drain on the national purse.
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“When I first heard this issue, I thought it was a joke. How can a developing country like Ghana hire huge number of people to work at the presidency? Why should this happen to us,” he quizzed.
“This number represents only 2017 figures, meaning more numbers could be projected in 2018. This is unprecedented. Is President Akufo Addo using those staffers on the farm or are they going for seedlings to begin the planting for food and jobs programme? What at all would these staffers do at the Jubilee house,” he quizzed.
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President Akufo-Addo, acting in accordance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463) submitted a list of 998 staffers working at the Office of the President to parliament.
Critics accused government of failing to protect the public purse as it promised.
But the government has hit back, saying a chunk of the staff were left behind by the erstwhile Mahama government.
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But speaking on Adom TV’s “Badwam” show Wednesday, Sammy Gyamfi indicated that fewer numbers of personnel can be employed to effectively carry out government business.
He believes the move is just a waste of the taxpayer’s money.