- Public sector workers will not receive salary increase for 3 years
- Technical advisor to the Finance Minister says government is broke
- Government’s debt to GDP hovers over 80 percent
The Technical Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Nii Noi Ashong, has disclosed that government is in a tight place to increase salaries of public-sector workers in the next three years.
Speaking at the Post-budget seminar organized by the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI), Dr. Nii Noi Ashong remarked that government has little to no cash to spend on compensation.
“I must be honest here. We have eaten to the bone. With Covid-19’s impact on expenditure, we can’t at this time consider salary increments for the next three years,” he stated.
So far, government has spent 17 billion cedis on Covid-19 expenditure. The country’s debt-to-GDP has also shot up to over 70 percent – a development that has got many economists call for more austere spending from government.
Meanwhile, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has rejected the offer by government. Head of the TUC has explained that government must rather decide cutting down salaries of presidential staffers before considering the Public Sector.
In other news
The Office of the President has, in detail, explained the reasons behind the removal of Daniel Domelevo as Auditor General.
An open letter signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediato Asante, indicates that the former Auditor General was appointed in a rush to serve in anticipation of “unforeseeable circumstances”.
According to the letter, Mr. Domelevo’s name was rushed to the Council of Elders moments after Former President Mahama had lost the 2016 elections.
The open letter further revealed that hitherto, John Mahama had forwarded one Dr. Felix Kwame Aveh but changed his mind after losing the election.
The Secretary to the President further alleges that Domelevo was to “saddle President Akufo-Addo with an Auditor-General whose allegiance was to former president Mahama, instead of the nation”.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo’s administration has been touted as corrupt for letting go the Auditor-General following months of back and forth over his age and pension date.
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