Critics, mainly from the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), of the 998 presidential staffers list released by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, are being hypocritical with their comments, Director at the Centre for European Studies (CES) of the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has said.
Mr Akufo-Addo, on Friday revealed that a total of 998 people work at the seat of government, the Jubilee House in Accra.
He made the revelation in a list he presented to parliament in compliance with Section 11 of the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), which requires that he submit annually to the house, a report on the staffing position of the Office of the President.
The list has generated mixed reactions from both sides of the political divide, with critics saying the figure will overburden the national purse.
Commenting on this development on Adom FM’s flagship political talk show, Burning Issues, Prof Gyampo said: “Some of the staffers served under former President John Dramani Mahama.”
“Our major problem as a country is ignorance, hypocrisy and propaganda; because some of the people criticising the president are aware that part of the workers at the presidency were engaged under Mahama’s regime before the current government assumed office” he said.
He added: “We politicise everything in this country, the NDC who just exited power is aware of the numbers they left but they won’t tell Ghanaians the truth but rather engage in propaganda.”