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Spending by Presidency overly extravagant, accountability needed – Minority

Ranking Member on the Finance Committee of Parliament, Cassiel Ato Forson

The Minority in Parliament wants the Chief of Staff to provide a detailed breakdown of how she expended the GH3.4 billion approved by parliament in 2019.

This comes on the back of revelations that her office spent GH1.9 million on refreshments and expended GH62 million on foreign travels, a development the Minority describes as worrying.

Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson who is demanding accountability from government, argues that the amount spent could have been used to provide basic amenities for the suffering Ghanaian.

“This spending is something that we don’t have to encourage. I strongly believe that the time has come for Ghanaians to demand accountability from the Office of the President in terms of the expenditure that goes on there. Within the last nine months, it will surprise you to know that, His Excellency the President has spent almost GH63 million on foreign travels.

“In fact, it will surprise you to know that apart from the foreign travel cost, on local accommodation, he spent about GH5.8 million. Again, on operational enhancement support, he spent GH68.9 million almost GH69 million; just on operational expenses. To do what?” 

Clarifying his stance further to JoyNews’ Kwesi Parker-Wilson, Mr. Forson said the spending was alien to the culture of the Presidency.

“Is he buying a new plane? Refreshments, parties, tea, he (President Akufo-Addo) spent GH1.9million almost GH2million. How? The Vice President’s Office is similar, in fact, they spent almost the same amount on refreshment.

“His Excellency the President spent 25 pesewas more than the Vice President. We need to demand accountability. We have been demanding accountability from every other sector Minister, there is no need for us to exempt the President. The Office of the Chief Staff is spending a bit too much, this is contrary to the past. No government has ever spent this much,” Mr Forson claimed.


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