December 16, 2014

The Minority in Parliament have raised red flags over what they describe as excessive spending by the presidency at a time Ghanaians are experiencing economic hardship.

The finance committee report submitted to the House indicates the office of the Chief of Staff under the Presidency was allocated GHC7, 487,048 for the year 2014, but as at the end of September, it had spent GHC48, 811,722.

Parliament approved a ceiling of GHC30,929,343 but according to a report from the Finance Committee of Parliament, the Presidency spent GHC75,917,714 between January and September only.

This means there was diffirence of about GHC44,989,371 during the period.

The amount was spent out of a total of Ghc326.8 million allocated to Government machinery for the year 2014.

Hon. James Klutse Avedzi, the Finance Committee Chairman, explained that the total amount allocated to government machinery is an addition of the original and supplementary budgets, adding that as at September, Ghc203 million, representing 62 percent of that budget had been spent.

Deputy Minority Leader Dominic Nitiwul, who indicted the Presidency for disrespecting Parliament by not seeking approval to overspend, stated that the office of the Chief of Staff by exceeding its budget meant that other key agencies of state were denied enough monies to play certain key statutory and constitutional roles.