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General News of Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Source: citibusinessnews.com

998 presidential staff ‘deeply worrying’ – CDD

The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has expressed disappointment over the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s decision to ‘over-staff’ the presidency despite concerns raised by the public over the earlier appointment of 110 ministers and deputies.

In a statement copied to citinewsroom.com, the CDD called on Parliament to thoroughly assess the list presented by the presidency last week with the view of depopulating it by removing persons with vague positions and superfluous roles.

The Presidency has come under intense public criticism as it once against broke another record of having 998 staff serving at the presidency, the highest ever by any president.

Many have accused the president of recruiting party foot-soldiers among other members to serve irrelevant roles.

Although the government has tried to justify the number, many organizations including IMANI Africa have condemned the move.

According to CDD-Ghana, “The Council of State must take its consultative role seriously and counsel the President appropriately concerning over-staffing at the Presidency, including the associated fiscal costs and the unfavourable perception it creates of profligacy in the conduct of the business of government at the seat of the Presidency.”

Read CDD-Ghana’s full statement below: