Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has rejected claims by National Democratic Congress MPs that government has expanded the quantity of presidential staff members from 998 to 1,614 in the 2019 budget.
Addressing the media on Sunday, November 25,2018, Oppong Nkrumah noticed that the number is somewhat lessening by 69 in 2019, saying the decrease was generally because of retirements which are not being reduced.
In 2017, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in accordance with the constitution and the Presidential Office Act 1993, sent a rundown of 998 staff members and misters of state at the Office of the Presidency (OOP) [Jubilee House] to Parliament.
The rundown included ministers of state at the presidency, people working specifically at the office of the president, senior presidential consultants, presidential staff members, and presidential assistants and representatives of other Public Services assigned to the Office of the President
Speaking to the media, Oppong Nkrumah said the Minority and the sellers of the claim of an expansion in the numbers were somewhat confusing the Office of Government Machinery (OGM) with that of the Office of the President (OOP).
“In particular, Office of the President for the shirking of uncertainty is relied upon to diminish by 69 by end of 2019,” he stated, clarifying that the 998 rundown will decrease to 929.
He proceeded: “So in spite of the case of an expansion in numbers, there is somewhat a decrease in numbers by 69 particularly at Office of the President and netreduction of 83 in all at the whole Office of Government Machinery,” he said.
“A week ago in Parliament and in this way on a few media stages, the individuals from the Minority guaranteed that the administration was intending to build the quantity of staff at the Office of the President from 998 – 1614. They considerably further computed and said an expansion of 616 staff members.”
“After a few solicitations for them to offer confirmation to back this case, they alluded to the 2019 budget as the wellspring of their case and continued further to guarantee any such demonstration will add up to a weight on the public purse.”
The previous radio personality of the Joy FM Super Morning Show clarified the distinction between Office of Government Machinery (OGM) and Office of the President “OOP.”
Clarifying, he stated, “The Executive arm of government is organized into Ministries Departments and Agencies. The supervising outfit of the executive arm is referred to as Office of Government Machinery. It comprises 19 difference units one of which is the Office of the President.
In 2018 established posts for OGM was 1697. In 2019 it has rather been reduced to 1614
So Indeed the established Posts at OGM has reduced between 2018 and 2019. It has reduced not increased.
The claim of an increase is because the minority is comparing Office of the President(998 in 2018) which was part of the 1697 ceiling, with the entire Office of Government Machinery ceiling for 2019 (1614).
This type of analysis can only be done under 1 of two circumstances. Thus If the maker confuses OGM & OOP. The two are different or If the maker is being deliberately mischievous.
He entreated the media to subject people who make “claims about facts, to first substantiate them, before giving them media mileage to repeatedly peddle such unsubstantiated claims.”