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The opposition minority group in Parliament has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of continuous rape of the public purse. They have expressed their determination to do all within their power to stop this act.
They have subsequently called on all Ghanaians to join hands with them to stop what they described as a wasteful expenditure of the NPP Government
“The Minority in Parliament insists that this government simply is too large, wasteful and humongous. We cannot continue on this reckless and insensitive trajectory. For a government that has already appointed a historic 111 ministers, and yet living conditions are deteriorating as government itself concedes at paragraph 10 of the Budget Statement, we owe it a duty to the people who elected us and sent us here to raise these matters, and more importantly mobilise resistance to stop this unwarranted plunder of the tax payer’s money”.
These were contained in a Press Statement read by Hon. Samuel Okudjeto Abrakwa, NDC MP for North Tongu at a Press Conference organised by the minority last Monday in Parliament House.
LET’S JOINTLY COME TOGETHER – HON. AHMED IBRAHIM
On his part, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim, NDC MP for Banda and Deputy Minority Chief Whip, called on all Ghanaians to jointly come together to protect the public purse from being wasted away by the NPP administration.
According to him having gotten the nerves to increase the numbers of staffers at the presidency despite the huge outcry of Ghanaians even over the already larger numbers there and that of the ministers is a display of a high sense of insensitivity. He pointed out that this huge amount of money being spent on these numerous presidential staffers and ministers could usefully be used in the payment of school fees for the Free SHS Programme and the 1 District-1 Factory Policy to generate employment for Ghanaians. Ghanaians, he insisted, should therefore come together to stop the NPP from wasting the public purse.
Continuing, Hon. Okudjeto Ablakwa who also doubles as the Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, stated that the Minority had convened that press conference to react to a number of blatant untruths put out there by the Minister for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah on staff at the office of Government Machinery (OGM) the previous day.
He stated that Sundays are Holy days in Ghana and that if the Minister wanted to put the untruth out to Ghanaians, it should be on Sundays.
Hon. Okudjeto Ablakwa Indicated that during the debate on the 2019 Budget Statement on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, he pointed out the size of staff at the OGM, and the fact that government had provided GH¢110,000,000z to engage a staff of 1614 for 2019.
According to him, Ghanaians raised an uproar at the fact that government in March 2017 told Ghanaians that staff at the presidency was 998. Therefore, for government to come to tell Ghanaians in 2019 that a staffing of 1614 at the place was a programmed reduction, was most untenable and unacceptable. He maintained that his group expected government to have listened to their sentiment of the 998 staff at the OGM, and decreased it, instead of increasing it further to 1614.
While describing the NPP government as confused, the Minority indicated that the Minister for Information obfuscated the issues and therefore did not help government at all
Instead, they demanded that government reduces downwards, and significantly, the ceiling of staff at the OGM, claiming that the present number is at the height of insensitivity to Ghanaians, who had only a few months ago vehemently opposed the infamous 998 OGM staff, just to be confronted with a much bigger ceiling of 1614 in 2019 by a non-listening government.
Source: S.O. ANKAMAH