A group calling itself Concerned Volta Youth has expressed displeasure over the extent of profligacy that has characterised the current John Mahama National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
Consequently, the group has called on President Dramani Mahama to immediately dismiss the Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah, for superintending over such malfeasance.
The group further called on President Dramani Mahama to consider reinstating the former Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, for the last leg of his term of office.
According to the youth, since he (Prosper Bani) proved himself to be competent during his days, it would be proper for the president to recall him back.
“It has become necessary for the Concerned Volta Youth to express their grievances in public as a result of the recent cases of wastage of public funds which could have rather been invested in developing our impoverished region,” the group said.
In a statement signed and issued by the President of Concerned Volta Youth, Gifty Daavi Futukpor, and copied to Today in Accra yesterday, the group expressed disappointed at how the government blew GHC4.3 million on the just-ended retreat.
“For us, the vulgar display of opulence witnessed in Ho, these past few days and the huge GHC4.3 million budget we are credibly informed, by sources at the Presidency, was expended on the retreat, is yet another big threat to the fortunes of the NDC in the region, come the November 7 general elections.
“…we are angered by the fact that the people of the region, who have been denied development since the NDC came into government, were faced with the naked wastage of public funds in their own backyard and we are left with no doubt that this will seriously affect the NDC,” the statement averred.
The group said “it was repugnant for ministers of state to be seen openly gulping down dozens of bottles of expensive wine and champagne and engaged in expensive parties during which scores of ladies (believed to be prostitutes) were brought into Ho in police escorted convoy to entertain the ministers.”