….Over 9 Months Unpaid Rent, Utilities
Ghana’s Defence Attaches in the Missions abroad are reeling under suffocating economic hardships due to the non-payment of their allowances.
The situation which is endemic in the over 14 missions including the United Kingdom, United States of America, Egypt, and Denmark among others is mysteriously happening to only the military staff in all the Missions.
Rent has been in arrears for nine months and some cases more than 10 months, while utility and medical bills have been in arrears for over one year now.
As though the seeming ‘Animal Farm’ treatment meted out to only military staff is not enough, the government is racing against time to release money for fuel, vehicle and office maintenance.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Ministers as well the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) are all aware of the situation which is affecting the work of the Missions.
The Paper’s deep-throat source recounting the harrowing conditions of survival said: “Monthly remittances from Controller and Accountant General for Defense staff is only for salaries and nothing else, but the remittances get to the missions with shortfalls due to the exchange rate.”
It wondered: “Why under the same regime or one government, staff from other ministries represented in the various missions are not having these challenges, but Defence Staff are having so many problems.”