The appointment of 50 deputy ministers and four ministers of state in addition to the existing 56 roles by Ghanas new president has been met with heavy criticism by both opposition and elites. This make it a record for Ghana and the largest government since the country, of about 27 million inhabitants, adopted a democratic constitution in 1992.
In defense of his move, Akuffo said this was “a necessary investment” for the small country off Africa’s western coast. He further stated:
“I’m aware that people are concerned about what they see as maybe the cost of this large government,” Akufo-Addo admitted in an interview on national television.
“It is a necessary investment to make for the rapid transformation of this country” he said and added that “Ministers are coming to work, it is not going to be a holiday”.
Akufo-Addo was elected in December on a manifesto to fix a host of economic problems and fight corruption.
“We’re confronted with an elephant size of government and Akufo-Addo has proven that he’s a politician rather than a president,” said Haruna Iddrisu, leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament while reacting to the development.
Geoffrey Molu a politics lecturer was quoted as calling the move “A case of jobs for the boys,”
Government spokesman Nana Akomea said criticism would stop if the government delivers on its ambitious agenda.
The latest development in Ghana have been added to the criticism of the continents cost of maintaining public officials while in office, while other crucial issues are often left off the burner.
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