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General News of Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Akufo-Addo blowing state funds on lavish parties – NDC alleges

Mr. Avedzi says the president has failed to protect the public purse, despite his promise play videoMr. Avedzi says the president has failed to protect the public purse, despite his promise

The opposition National Democratic Congress has alleged that the Akufo-Addo led government have spent an enormous amount of state funds on multiple luxurious parties since he was sworn-in as the President of the Republic of Ghana.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday to review the president’s 100 days in office, the deputy minority leader James Klutse Avedzi called on President Akufo-Addo to disclose the source of funding for the numerous parties held in his honour since his inauguration.

According to Mr. Avedzi, the opulence that characterized most of the parties are shocking as some of the drinks served were custom made with the president’s name embossed on the bottles served at the party.
“We have seen evidence of parties with some drinks, some custom-made with his name on it…we call on the Akufo-Addo government to disclose the source of funding.”

The Minority criticized the NPP administration over what it described as bloated government adding that the country is under siege from state-sponsored thuggery and terrorism from vigilante groups affiliated to the NPP.

“We wish to state plainly that what the president has done is far from protecting the public purse. It constitutes a direct raid of the economy of the taxpayer. Maintaining the salaries for this large army of ministers will severely burden the poor taxpayer. These appointments translate into 110 bungalows, 110 salon cars, 110 V8 Toyota Land Cruisers, 110 guards, 220 police guards in their bungalows.

“More importantly, it represents a direct breach of his pledge to cut waste in public expenditure. He has acted in a way that will introduce more waste in government finances. Simply put, President Akufo-Addo has been wasteful and has not been candid with Ghanaians. Mr President, prune down your 110 ministers now.”

Mr. Avedzi added that the president has failed to protect the public purse, despite his promise on the campaign trail to bring unprecedented economic growth and good governance to Ghana.

The minority added that the so-called achievements touted by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Monday are nothing but a total deception.

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