After setting a record as the government with the highest number of Ministers and their deputies, 110 in all, President Akufo-Addo appears to have set yet another record, of having as much as 998 staff at the presidency, serving various administrative and domestic roles.
This is according to a report the Presidency submitted to Parliament in accordance with Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463), to make known the former’s staffing position.
According to the report, there are 998 staffers at the Presidency. It appears that the new ministries created by the Akufo-Addo government and secretariats for Free SHS among others, all operating at the presidency, may have contributed to the large number of presidential staffers.
The list features nine Ministers of State, 27 Presidential Staffers, 256 junior political appointees, and some other 706 persons including domestic and household workers and civil servants.
See the list below
Junior political appointees:
Ministers of State at the Presidency:
Ministries and Dept’s under presidency:
Civil/public service staff at the office of the president:
In December 2017, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority in Parliament complained that the President had not presented a complete list of his staff, almost a year after assuming the reins of power.
By the end of 2014, President John Mahama had 692 employees at the presidency as of December 2014.
They included 24 presidential staffers, and 43 caterers, 36 stewards, 54 drivers,14 night-watchmen, 2 caretakers, 22 sanitary labourers, 3 other labourers, and 85 cleaners as Household staff at the presidency.
President Akufo-Addo has on numerous occasions promised to protect the public purse by ensuring prudent expenditure of the country’s resources, aside dealing with corruption.
When many criticized him for his large government size of 110 ministers and deputies, the President justified the appointments with the excuse that, the task ahead of them is huge, hence they needed more hands to deliver on their mandate.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citinewsroom