Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akomea has described as “gross and wanton” government’s expenditure of public funds.
The former Okaikwei South Constituency Member of Parliament said the incumbent government is “dissipating” state money at the expense of basic needs of the ordinary Ghanaian.
A statement issued on Thursday by the former Minister of Information under the Kufuor administration itemized needs neglected by the National Democratic Congress (NDC)-led government and called on Ghanaians “to stand up in the fight” to stop the “overspending”.
“The list of neglected basic needs is shocking: National Health Funds are not transferred until hospitals withdraw healthcare; basic allowances to teachers are not paid until they deny our children their education; other public sector staff including doctors, pharmacists, lecturers, civil servants all threatening to withdraw their services due to unpaid expectations; workers’ pensions, district assemblies common fund, GETFund, which are all meant to impact on welfare of Ghanaians, are all unpaid or in huge arrears.”
Nana Akomea also stressed that “government is also indebted to state enterprises including TOR, ECG and GWCL, thus limiting their ability to deliver essential service to Ghanaians”.
He added: “In the light of these deprivations, the government in 2012 alone, overspent the national budget to the tune of GH¢8.7 billion. The overspending included GH¢60 million by the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology; GH¢200 million at the NYEP/GYEEDA; GH¢350 million by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and GH¢650 million by the Office of Government Machinery/Office of the President, and many more. Spending on so called capacity building alone jumped from GH¢750,000 in 2011 to GH¢112 million (¢7.55 billion to ¢1.1 trillion)”.
He stated that the current problems in the country are “not due to the lack of money” but rather as a result of “lack of judicious use of available resources”.