General News of Thursday, 20 July 2017
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has demanded “full disclosure” of the president’s per diem per foreign trip.
“Is it $5000 or $4000 as is being rumoured?” “How much do his aides also take? Is it $2000 or $1000 as being rumoured?” NDC National Chairman Kofi Portuphy, who addressed a press conference at the party headquarters in Accra on Thursday July 2, asked.
The NDC said the Akufo-Addo government has a lot of “useless” and “amorphous” ministries that must be scrapped because they are putting a needless burden on the state purse.
Meanwhile, the NDC has also accused government of turning the “peaceful” Ghana bequeathed to the NPP by the Mahama administration into “a pool of blood” in just six months after taking office.
Mr Portuphy said armed robbers now operate in broad daylight without any fear because the Akufo-Addo administration has emasculated the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies.
The NDC said the president gave his “tacit endorsement” to NPP’s “brigandry” to the extent that a senior police officer was assaulted by NPP thugs at the Flagstaff House without anyone being punished for it.
“The master plan is to weaken the resolve of the police and security services” and let armed robbers operate freely, Mr Portuphy said.
“Did we vote for change for us to be killed?” Mr Portuphy asked. “Is it not terrifying that our cherished police service is walking on its knees” to the extent that people are “gruesomely murdered” and no less a person than the Inspector General of Police appears helpless about the situation.
“A peaceful Ghana in only six months has suddenly become a pool of blood and innocent blood is being shed on daily basis,” Mr Porptuphy said.
“Why did the president not speak on restoring law and order?” the NDC wondered. Mr Portuphy said it was about time the president stopped “junketing” abroad and remained home to do some hard work and “not in this wishy-washy manner”.
“Why is Ghana bleeding so badly” under a “bloated Akufo-Addo government?” the opposition asked.