Ghana's President defends appointing 'elephant-size' government of 110 ministers

Pablo Tucker
March 19, 2017

He was speaking to host of Abusua Nkommo, Kwame Adinkrah on the number of ministers appointed by President Akufo-Addo.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Accra on Sunday for Geneva, Switzerland to attend the Fifth Edition of the Africa Chief Executive Officers (CEO's) Forum, which opens on March 20, 2017.

Ghana based Citi Fm 97.3 reports that the president's latest list of appointments presented to Parliament, he named 50 persons to serve as Deputy Ministers, and 4 to serve as Ministers of State.

In contrast Nigeria has thirty five ministers and Britain has a total of 120 ministers for a population of about 65 million.

Just like the enormous size of an elephant, Nana Akufo-Addo's team of ministers has taken the shape of the mammal- giving a clean hint that this new administration believes in the totem adopted on their party flag.

Akufo-Addo who was elected last December, promising to cut expenditure and fight corruption, said the appointments were necessary.

"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.

But the opposition party is less convinced about the benefit of having such a big government.

The former Deputy Youth and Sports Minister argues, aside from the fact that most of the ministries lack office spaces to house the ministers, there is huge shortfall in terms of support staff and other requisite resources.

The ministries of Information, Energy, Agriculture and Local Government will each have three deputy ministers, if the appointments from newly-elected President Nana Akufo-Addo are passed.

Government spokesman Nana Akomea said criticism would stop if the government delivers on its ambitious agenda.

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