General News of Saturday, 6 April 2013
Director of Communication for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea, has condemned what he describes as over-spending by state institutions under the National Democratic Congress’s administration.
He called on all Ghanaians to speak out against what the NPP describes as the gross and wanton dissipation of public funds, saying there was the need for spending cuts to be made as the most basic needs of Ghanaians are yet to be met.
Speaking to Citi News, Nana Akomea said ex-gratia payments made to Ex-MP’s recently could have been withheld knowing that institutions are embarking on strikes over non-payment of salaries and allowances owed them.
“Office of the government overspends; not in this budget but the budget that was approved in March 2012. They came back in August and said they needed supplementary, which was approved and beyond that they went ahead and overspent again,” he stated.
Nana Akomea further stated: “They haven’t even come out with any explanations. Ministry of Youth and Sports overspent by GHc350 million. What makes it more disgraceful is that the impact is not seen because when you are spending this kind of money meaningfully, you can’t hide it. Everybody will see it. There are choked drains in the city and Ministry for Environment overspends by GHc60 million?”