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Mahama: I’ll scrap newly created ministries if NDC is voted back into power

Former President and the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has postulated that he will scrap some of the newly created ministries the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration introduced if the NDC is voted back into power in 2021.

The Akufo-Addo-led administration now has 125 ministers, over 30 more ministers more than its predecessors.

Speaking during a retreat for the party’s election directors in Tamale, Former President Mahama pointed out that “we are said to have achieved a world record of 125 ministers, definitely, some of those ministries will be scraped under an NDC government, a large number of ministers is a huge drain on public funds.

“Government expenditure has ballooned and they are not able to collect enough revenue to meet the high expenditure and part of the high expenditure is because of the huge number of political appointments,” the former president noted.

Citing some examples, Former Mahama singled out, among others, the Procurement Minister as being redundant saying, “Procurement ministry will go, you have a whole Public Procurement Authority which is supervised by the Ministry of Finance, what do you need a Procurement Minister for?”

The most recent additions came as Ghana welcomed six new regions in 2019; the Western North, Oti, Ahafo, Bono East, Savannah and North East Regions.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has consistently justified his “elephant-sized” government, saying: “As you know there are some who say my government is too big and there are too many of you ministers, I am a firm believer in the adage the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” -citinewsroom.com

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