Former adviser on corruption to former president John Dramani Mahama, Daniel Batidam has alleged that the budgetary allocation to government machinery or the office of the president for 2017 and 2018 alone is far more that what was allocated to former president Mahama and government machinery during his entire 4 year tenure as president.
‘’The 2017/2018 budgetary allocation to the office of government machinery alone is far more than the entire four years of former president Mahama’s administration in terms of the budget that went to the office of government machinery. Go and check, these are figures’’ he said on an Accra based radio station and monitored by BestNewsGH.com.
Mr. Batidam who recently resigned his position as a member of the African Union Advisory board on corruption in protest of what he said was entrenched corruption at the level of the African Union said ‘’of course it also is a fact that there is a bigger crowd at the office of the president, a needless crowed. Of course some of them are creations which didn’t exist. They have created offices and put their relatives there, thereby drawing more and more from the lean public purse’’.
He further questioned the political will and commitment of President Akufo-Addo and his government to fight corruption in the country especially with regards to the office of the special prosecutor.
Mr. Batidam believes if government is serious about the fight against corruption, it will be able to marshal all the necessary resources for the office of the special prosecutor to enable it swing into action.