President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has presented the annual report on Presidential Office Staff for 2019 to Parliament in line with the Presidential Office Act, 1993 (Act 463).
According to sections of the list sighted by Citi News, the number of Ministers at the Presidency stands at five, the number of Presidential Staffers stands at 36 and there are 270 junior political appointees.
This brings to 311 the number of political appointees currently at the Presidency.
In all, there are 934 staff, a drop from the figure of 957 in 2018.
In 2018, President Akufo-Addo forwarded a list of 998 staffers and ministers of state at the Presidency to Parliament. That list was for the period January 7, 2017, to December 31, 2017.
The figure dropped from 998 to 957 in the 2018 list presented to Parliament in 2019.
Like the size of the current government, the number of staffers at the presidency under the Akufo-Addo administration has been criticised in the past as being excessive.
The difference between the last list presented by the Mahama Administration and that of the Akufo-Addo Administration showed an increase of over 200 personnel.
The President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, remarked at the time that workers under the presidency of President Akufo-Addo made John Mahama seem like a frugal saint.
“In 2018, they’ve allocated GHS3 billion that is GHS2 billion more than Mahama had, to the office of government machinery. There is nothing sensible about this arrangement and it is only making Mahama look like a saint,” Mr. Cudjoe said.
The Ningo Prampram MP and a staffer under President John Mahama, Sam George, said many of the portfolios in the 2017 list were just a “duplication of roles.”