The South Dayi Member of Parliament (MP), Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, has said that the government is not being sensitive to the plights of Ghanaians through its budgetary allocations.

He says the executive has not shown any commitment to reducing its expenditure because more presidential staffers are being appointed, a situation he reckons has increased the government’s wage bill.

In an interview on Joy Prime’s Prime Morning on Wednesday, Mr Dafeamekpor noted that “there is very little fiscal space for expansion [in the 2022 budget].

He wants the expenditure of the Presidency to be reduced to reflect the country’s current economic conditions.

“Government is going to spend in excess of GH¢30 billion on servicing existing debts. Out of that, they are going to spend about GH¢7 billion in interest payment. The other component is that they are spending in excess of another GH¢35 billion on wages.”

“You expect government to reduce the number of presidential staffers it appoints but the presidency is still top-heavy because you check from the budget and they are still recruiting more presidential staffers; so, it doesn’t give you hope that this is a government that is thinking of cutting down costs in terms of operating the executive,” he told Benjamin Akakpo.

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