The opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, has lambasted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over customized drinks served at his parties, alleging that his government has been wasting state funds in hosting multiple luxurious parties.
The opposition party made the allegation at a press conference addressed by the Deputy Minority Leader of Parliament, James Klutse Avedzi, on Tuesday, calling for the source of funding for the numerous parties held in his honour since his inauguration.
The Deputy Minority Leader, who was reviewing the first 100 days of President Akufo-Addo in office, insisted that the opulence that characterized most of the parties are shocking as some of the drinks served were custom made with the president’s name embossed on the bottles served at the parties.
“We have seen evidence of parties with some drinks, some custom-made with his name on it…we call on the Akufo-Addo government to disclose the source of funding.”
Mr Avedzi also condemned the New Patriotic Party, NPP, administration over what he described as bloated government, adding that the country has been placed under siege by state-sponsored thuggery and terrorism from vigilante groups affiliated to the ruling party.
“We wish to state plainly that what the president has done is far from protecting the public purse. It constitutes a direct raid of the economy of the taxpayer. Maintaining the salaries for this large army of ministers will severely burden the poor taxpayer. These appointments translate into 110 bungalows, 110 salon cars, 110 V8 Toyota Land Cruisers, 110 guards, 220 police guards in their bungalows.
“More importantly, it represents a direct breach of his pledge to cut waste in public expenditure. He has acted in a way that will introduce more waste in government finances. Simply put, President Akufo-Addo has been wasteful and has not been candid with Ghanaians. Mr President, prune down your 110 ministers now.”
The NDC also punctured claims by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, on the 103 achievements recorded by the Akufo-Addo’s government in its first 100 days in office, describing them as total deception.