President Nana Akufo-Addo's appointment of 110 ministers to oversee the affairs of state has provoked a firestorm of controversy and outrage in a section of the public.
Several Ghanaians have taken to social condemn what they say is an attempt to waste pubic funds by the president.
They include Dzifa Bampoe, a news anchor with Accra-based Joy FM, who launched a blistering criticism of the president over the appointments
Some Ghanaians have indicated that it will cost GHC20 million a year to pay the salaries of all the 110 ministers and deputy ministers.
This does not include the two vehicles (a 4x4 and one saloon car) that each minister will get and other perks that come with their job.
Here is exactly how much Akufo-Addo and his ministers will get paid.
President - GH¢ 22,809
Vice President – GH¢ 20,529
Chief Justice – GH¢17,107
Speaker of Parliament – GH¢ 17,791
Cabinet Minister (MP) – GH¢16,423
Cabinet Minster (Non MP) – GH¢ 16,195
Minister of State (MP) – GH¢ 15,967
Minister of State (Non MP) – GH¢ 15,739
Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢ 15,967
Regional Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢15,511
Deputy Minster (MP) – GH¢ 14,826
Deputy Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢14,598
Deputy Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢ 14,369
Dep. Regional Minster (Non-MP) – GH¢ 14,142
Chairman, Council of State – GH¢ 14,826
Member, Council of State – GH¢ 13,685
Meanwhile, Nana Akomea, the communications director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has defended the appointments.
He said the sheer scale of Akufo-Addo's vision for Ghana demanded that those 110 appointments be made.
"The vision of one factory per district, comprehensive free SHS, comprehensive irrigation in the north, one million extra dollars per constituency, special prosecutor, etc, offers the country the real chance to industrialize, provide jobs to the teeming youth on a sustainable basis, move agriculture from peasant levels to real agric business, stabilise the cedi on a sustainable basis, aggressively meet the basic developmental needs of our deprived communities, tame inflation, tame corruption, and generally move this country onto the cherished new paradigm of progress and development.
"President Akufo-Addo believes he needs these numbers of appointees to deliver," he wrote.
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