A Political Analyst, Boakye Yiadom, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ought to cut down on the number of persons he would be appointing as ministers in his next administration.
The previous Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government came under serious criticisms over what many described as an oversized ministerial team.
Having been re-elected for a second tenure in government after the December 2020 election, Mr. Yiadom said President Akufo-Addo has no option than to reduce the number of his ministers if he wants to ensure efficiency in government.
According to him, it has become necessary to reduce the ministerial team especially at a time when both the ruling and opposition parties have equal number of parliamentarians.
Mr. Yiadom also observed that it is not financially prudent for a country such as Ghana to have an “over bloated size of ministers.”
Speaking on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East program, he said “The president doesn’t have the luxury of having so many of its members in parliament. You now have an equal number as the opposition, so the president has no option than to reduce his ministers. So, if you go and appoint 120 ministers, it means 60 of them will have to come from parliament, because the Constitution of Ghana, says 50 percent of the ministers must come from parliament.
That will reduce your strength in parliament and so most of your policies will not be able to go through. But if you reduce your ministers to half (that is if they are to be 60), it means only 30 are going to come from parliament and even that, you have to get people who are committed and energetic to be ministers as parliamentarians.”
He further stated that “Some of the ministries have to be merged. Some of the ministries have outlived their usefulness. A ministry like Regional Integration; it was designed to create new regions for the country; now the new regions have been created, so that ministry for instance is no more needed. Another ministry like Evaluation and Assessment or whatever; I never saw what that ministry did in the last 4 years. All the regional deputy positions have to be scrapped.”
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Elijah Beyeni Yenibey|Ghana