Former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has accused President Akufo Addo of needlessly packing the Presidency with party activists with the purpose of paying them with state resources.
The presidency has released a list of 998 staff working at the Jubilee House.
The tall list of Presidential staffers has sparked anger among a section of Ghanaian public with many accusing the President and his government of deceit and hypocrisy after the NPP complained severally about the 768 staffers which was kept by the Mahama administration.
Some government spokespersons have tried to justify the numbers and attributed the situation to the huge number of civil servants left by the Mahama government.
Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, a senior member of the New Patriotic Party and a former Executive Director of policy think tank Danquah Institute (DI) has justified the 998 staff at the Jubilee House, stating that President Akufo-Addo prioritises results over a lean government.
But some civil society groups including IMANI Ghana have criticized the numbers saying it is a drain on the national purse.
Felix Kwakye Ofosu in an interview with Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa FM stated that the President is fully aware that he does not need this huge number of staffers, hence must cut down on the size.
“President Akufo-Addo is deliberately doing this, this country is not that big and he knows that he does’t need this huge number of people to help him govern. He’s gone to pick his Facebook propagandist, serial caller and serial texters and employed them just for the sake of employing but not that they’re doing something productive to help the Presidency. He’s made some others Presidential staffers whose rolls are clearly defined and that has resulted in the list shooting up to nearly 1000 people, which has gotten Ghanaians angry about the imprudent use of public funds.