February 13, 2014

The total staff strength at the Presidency currently stands at 678 personnel working in various positions.

The Presdidency consist of institutions such as the Castle, Flagstaff House, State House, Peduase Lodge among others.

In 2013, it came up that more than 600 people were working at the presidency; a number that was greeted with a lot of public bashing but government maintained the huge number was not farfetched.

President John Mahama, acting in accordance with Section 11 of the Presidential Act 1993, which requires the president to submit a list of staffers to Parliament annually, presented the document to Parliament which indicated the number of staffers as at December 2013 on Wednesday.

The tall list included four presidential advisors, four ministers of state, 24 presidential staffers and other civil/public service staff.

Other categories of workers include “administrative personnel, executive and clerical, secretarial, supply and accounting and data processing, household, audit service, Ghana health service etcetera.”

Even before the content of the document is discussed on the floor of Parliament, the issued has generated a lot of hue and cry about the huge numbers especially at the time that the country has economic challenges.

But the Minister of Information, Hon. Mahama Ayariga has indicated on radion, that the document which has President John Mahama’s signature was to be withdrawn from Parliament due to arithmetic errors to have those mistakes corrected.