The Minority in Parliament has raised concerns over plans by government to increase presidential staffers at the Jubilee House from the current 998 to 1,614 in the 2019 financial year.
In April 2018, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented to Parliament a total number of 998 as workers at the Jubilee House.
But debating the 2019 budget statement in Parliament, the Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said he is surprised government intends to recruit an additional 616 presidential staffers at the Presidency.
Adomonline.com reports that the Minority is surprised that the government plans to increase the number even though the previous 998 was considered too much by many people.
According to Ablakwa, it is surprising that the government is asking the Office of the Special Prosecutor to employ only 12 workers but intends to employ over 616 people more to the presidency.
He is quoted as saying: “I am deeply worried about the refusal of President Akufo-Addo’s government to listen to the people of this country.
When the presidential staffers list of 998 was presented to this house, there was national outrage."
Ablakwa also challenged the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia to participate in the 2019 budget debate as he did in a series of lectures ahead of the 2016 general elections.
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