The press brief, has invited reactions from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Financial experts and the General public. Whiles a section of Ghanaians agree with the government's new policies presented in the press briefing, others also think the briefing is empty and has nothing to offer
The latest to react against Ken Ofori Atta's press briefing is Efo Worlanyo Tsekpo, the Bono Regional Youth Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to Efo Worlanyo Tsekpo, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta should invoke allowances of all Government appointees, because in his views, the government's 30% cut in salaries, for government appointees is not enough.
Efo added that, “More than ever, I had a bit of hope for this press engagement. More than ever, this, is the most disappointing press engagement Ghanaians have experienced in the past 2 decades. After all the hardship Ghanaians are going through, the finance minister and his uncle decided to use a significant part of our little funds, in fact our widow´s mite, to organised a hollow press engagement (to be more charitable to a sitting government)".
In a statement, the NDC's Bono Regional Youth Organizer further stated that, “It is not surprising that the good people of Ghana, after the presentation, have shown extreme resentment and frustration towards such insensitive statements. It is heart-wrenching for the finance minister to say that they have sacrificed just 30 percent of their salaries for nine months".
He further explained that, “To set the ball rolling, let me serve as a reminder to the good and discerning people of Ghana. Do you recall or better still do you know, that the allowances of every government appointee are 30 to 60 percent of their gross salary? To be emphatic, the allowances of a political appointee, under this government is more than five times their gross salaries. So, for instance, the salary of Adwoa Sarfo, the senior minister of Ghana is around 30,000 Ghana Cedis. Her allowances as a percentage of her salary for a month will be 150,000 or more. Hence, you can see clearly that the 30% pay cut is just a deception and a mirage, just to buy public sympathy. However, they should know that the Ghanaian today is wiser than he was yesterday".
Efo Worlanyo again advised the Nana Addo-Ken Ofori Atta's government, that “If truly, government want to show leadership; a sense of care, love, charity and affection to his ´fellow citizens´ in this avoidable crisis they led us into, they should sustain their salaries, and repeal all their allowances for the rest of the of their term in office. This action will give us more money than the sadistic e-levy, they are seeking. If this government decide to forgo their allowances and cut the budget of the presidency by half, we will be out of this economic mess, and we will disregard the soon-to-be-born creature call E-levy”.
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