NANA STARVES SOLDIERS

…As Salaries Are Held Up For No Apparent Reason

Even as an anonymous insider of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has revealed that six months into the Presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo, Presidential staffers remain unpaid, the denial of salaries has been escalated to the military.

President Akufo-Addo has, for the first time in the history of the military, failed to pay soldiers’ salaries on schedule, with no apparent reason being given for the delay.

A source from within the ranks of the Armed Forces tells The Gazette that the soldiers’ salaries, which from time immemorial have been paid between the 12th and the 14th of every month, are still pending for the month of June, as the days gradually roll into a week.

This delay, according to the source, is a total novelty since from time immemorial, salary payments to military personnel have been delivered on time given the strategic nature of the military.

What is annoying most, according to the source, is that nobody knows exactly what is causing the delay, as many soldiers feel stranded by the development.

Pay Regiment personnel of the military, who are in charge of disbursements and ought to have explanations for the delay handy, are also totally at sea, as the Akufo-Addo government has not been forthcoming with any explanations.

PRPs are said to be totally confused over why salaries are not hitting accounts.

The situation is said to have stirred up tension among personnel of the military, especially junior rank officers, who, only days ago, buried a colleague, Maj. Maxwell Adam Mahama, who had lost his life in the line of duty.

Interestingly, this delay in the payment of the salaries of military personnel comes less than a week after an anonymous insider of the government, writing under the pseudonym, Nana Sarpong, revealed that Presidential staffers appointed by Akufo-Addo are not being paid.

According to Nana Sarpong, six months into their appointments, some of the staffers have developed a strategy to jostle themselves into the President’s entourage whenever the President is travelling outside the country as that is the only way they are able to scrounge money to take care of themselves and their wives and children.

The revelation, which had been made on social media platform, Facebook, indicated that most of the staffers too do not have appointment letters and that the situation extended to even some appointees of the President at the various ministries.

The allegation has been circulating on social media for almost a week now, but the government has strangely refused to address it.

The situation has led to suspicions that President Akufo-Addo has over appointed people into his government and consequently backed himself into a corner as the public purse cannot support such overbearing appointments.

Already, the President has suffered flak for appointing an unprecedented distended government that features as many as 110 ministers.

The nonpayment of the Presidential staffers has led to questions about GHc1.5billion that the President had allocated to the Presidency alone in the government’s first-ever budget, read in Parliament in February, this year.

Upon the allocation of that gargantuan amount of money to the Presidency, the public had expressed reservation with many seeing it as an opportunity to make the President and his staff at Flagstaff House very cozy.

As it turns out, however, six months into the Presidency of Akufo-Addo, most of his Presidential staffers are constrained to chomp bread of sorrows because there apparently is no money to pay them.

According to Nana Sarpong, some do not even have appointment letters

The situation is said to have engendered a retrace at the Presidency, where hungry Presidential staffers use every dirty trick in the book to jostle themselves into the Presidential entourage of the President anytime the President is traveling outside the country.

Nana Sarpong, an anonymous insider of the ruling party made the revelation almost a week ago on facebook, which has since gone viral but the government has maintained a suspicious silence.

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels

The Republic News Online

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