A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, has urged government to provide a proper justification for the appointment of 110 ministers – the highest-ever by any administration in the Fourth Republic.
He said the Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid’s explanation that government needed more ministers to implement an ambitious development agenda and tackle the ailing economy was tenuous.
The minister has stressed the NPP never promised a lean government during the campaign. He has urged Ghanaians to judge the government by results and not the size of the executive.
Critics say the government appears to be simply doling out jobs to loyalists when it should be protecting the public purse as it promised in the 2016 electioneering campaign.
Among the long list of appointees there would be Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture; a substantive Minister of Agriculture and three deputies. It further has a Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture with one deputy.
The President has also nominated a minister of state in charge of tertiary education along with a substantive Minister of Education and two deputies.
The President has already created six new ministerial portfolios – Monitoring and Evaluation, Special Development Initiatives, Business Development, Zongo and Inner City Development, Regional Re-organisation and Planning.
‘Everybody is surprised,’ the former GIMPA Rector weighed in on the backlash on social media following the announcement.
He said he would have preferred to see more technical appointees in government institutions than the numerous politicians.
Prof. Stephen Adei said the numbers represent ‘extra expenses which can make a huge difference’ on the public purse.
But preferred to give the president the benefit of the doubt, maintaining he is ‘a really thoughtful guy’ and said ‘time will tell’ if 110 ministers will produce results.
Pix – Prof Adei