The Minority in Parliament has accused Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, of peddling falsehood and half-truths in his claim that the number of public workers at the Presidency would see a slash in 2019 rather than an increase.
Mr Nkrumah made the claim on Sunday, 25 November after the Ranking Member of parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa had alleged during a debate on the 2019 budget that the number of presidential staffers has ballooned from 998 to 1,614 as captured in the 2019 budget.
The Minister rather accused the Minority of confusing the workers at the Office of the President with those at the Office of Government Machinery.
But reacting to the Minister for Information at a press conference in parliament on Monday, 26 November 2018, Mr Ablakwa cited the 2019 budget to buttress his earlier position that the number has increased and further questioned why the government would make a provision of GHS 110 million to engage a staff of 1,614 for 2019.
“We must emphasise that this is the only record in parliament. We do not know of any Office of the President 998 number as part of a 1,697 Office of Government Machinery as Mr Oppong Nkrumah claimed. This must only exist in his imagination,” he stated.
The North Tongu lawmaker, insisted that the Minority still holds the belief that “this government is simply too large, wasteful and humongous. We cannot continue on the reckless and insensitive trajectory”.
Mr Ablakwah who is a former Deputy Minister , admonished Mr Nkrumah to observe Sundays as holy days and desist from defiling it with lies.
“We do not expect him to be defiling the day with falsehood and half-truths in his Sunday press briefings,” Mr Ablakwa concluded.
When asked what was the stand of the NDC on the need for the Executive arm of government to reduce its staff, he said, he agreed and that there should a ceiling cap on all arms of government on the number of public servants to work with.
In his, the amount of money spent on such ballooning number of staff could have use to put up infrastructure or facility that would benefit the larger society.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba