110 Akuffo Addo's ministers salaries in arrears for 5 months

By Clement Edward Kumsah
Information Minister Mustapha Hamid

Information minister Mustapha Hamid has disclosed the salaries of all the 110 ministers and deputies in government are in arrears since they assumed office.

According to him, the procedures for the payment of the ministers have still not been completed hence the unexpected delay.

A number of political commentators have criticized the Nana Addo government for what they consider an unnecessarily large number of ministers.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has said President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed an elephant-sized government that will invariably feed on the limited public finance.

Speaking on TV3’s Hot Issues, Mustapha Hamid said the constant bureaucratic system of processing public salaries,  must be dealt with since this is not the first time such a situation has arisen.

“It’s not a very good phenomenon in our country that people get employed and after one year they are not taking salaries yet, and they happen to be teachers, nurses etc., so, if it’s happening to politicians, we should say that: ‘Well it’s good that it’s happening to them so that they will feel the pinch and correct the anomaly for all of us citizens’,” Mr Hamid said.

Quizzed how he and his colleague Ministers were coping without salary for after their appointment, Mr Hamid said it’s been difficult but he is of no doubt things will be sorted out soon.