Political Scientist, Professor Ransford Gyampo

A Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana has accused politicians of ‘raping’ the country’s public purse.

According Professor Ransford Gyampo, although politicians collect large sums of money as ex-gratia every four years, the average Ghanaian worker can labour his entire life for only a penny in pension income.

He contended that the ex-gratia paid to politicians is excessive and that something should be done reviewed as soon as possible to save the country’s finances.

He was also of the view that, ex-gratia should be paid to Members of Parliament who have lost their seats, or who are no longer seeking re-election, and not those who have retained theirs.

“It is just not right that MPs take as much as GH₵300,000 as ex- gratia every four years. Meanwhile, an ordinary worker will work his entire life only to receive just a small amount of money as pension.

“Someone in the Parliament since 1992 has been receiving ex-gratia every 4 years. So is there not anyone who will realize that the country is being raped financially?” he quizzed.

Touching on matters related to the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Prof Gyampo said the Association will push for good service conditions next year.

According to him, nothing will stop them this time around.

He made this statement on Adom FM’s Burning Issues, hosted by Akua Boakyewaa Yiadom.

“During our strike, the government only had a meeting and promised us till December. We are all here, UTAG next year will also embark on strike for good conditions of service and let’s see if anything can stop us,” he stated.