by Richard Solomon
Less than six months after coming to power on the back of a declaration that all the money needed to solve the problems of this country can be found in Ghana once corruption and judgement debt payments are cut out, President Akufo-Addo has revealed that his government is broke.
In June, 2016, the then candidate William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, solemnly declared at Suame Magazine in Kumasi that, "God has not placed us on this rich land to be poor. Ghana is not a poor country. The money is there in abundance. It's just a matter of priority" .
However, at a meeting with the leadership of University Teachers Association of Ghana on the 15th May, 2017, less six months after coming to power, Mr. William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo revealed that, notwithstanding the abundant resources he, while he was in opposition, had identified as being available once corruption and judgement debts payments are cut out, his government is broke.
"We are in difficult times.Times are tough. We are poor. We don't have money," Mr. Akufo-Addo revealed.
The President's revelation that his government is broke can only mean one thing; that under his watch corruption and judgement debts payments have wiped away all the resources that should have been available for development of this country as well as for the welfare of the citizenry, especially the long-suffering workforce of this country.
Ironically, the picture painted by the budgetary allocation to the presidency under President Akufo-Addo does not conform with the picture of a government that is broke as the President is now seeking to paint.
Under President Akufo-Addo, the budgetary allocation of 1.5 billion Ghana cedis to the Office of Government Machinery, an euphemism for the Office of the President, is more than the total of budgetary allocations made to the same institution under his predecessor government for the four years of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Indeed, the 2017 budgetary allocation to the Office of Government Machinery under President Akufo-Addo amounts to almost double the a-little-over 750 million Ghana cedis allocated to the same institution under John Dramani Mahama in the year 2016, which was an election year.
Details in the 2017 Budget reveal that the 1.5 billion Ghana cedis allocated to the Office of Government Machinery under President Akufo-Addo, is to be spent mostly on consumables.
The budgetary allocation to the Office of Government Machinery under President Akufo-Addo clearly shows what the priorities of the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia-led administration are.