President Nana Akufo-Addo now has a total number of 110 people to serve as ministers, ministers of state and deputies in his administration, the highest in the country’s history.
Out of the total 110, 20 are Regional Ministers and their Deputies, 40 ministers for various ministries, with 50 deputies.
In 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.
Ghanaians have raised serious concerns over the recent appointments by the Akufo Addo’s government.
However, Nana Akomea, the New Patriotic Party’s communications director thinks otherwise and on his Facebook wall he writes:
Nana Addo by this number, would have the highest list of ministers and deputies to serve in any government since the start of the fourth Republic.
There can be no doubt that president Akufo Addo’s government is the largest in the fourth republic.
Numbers of ministers in all the previous administrations have never crossed 90. Even with that, there was always a clamor that the numbers were too large for a small poor country like Ghana. Ghanaians, including political parties in opposition always called for trimming of ministerial numbers as part of general belt tightening in a poor country and a show of leadership by example at the highest levels of government.
So for ministerial numbers to cross beyond the nineties into the hundreds will surely alarm and disappoint Ghanaians.
But there is also no doubt that president Akufo Addo’s vision is the boldest and revolutionary of any president in the fourth republic.
The vision of one factory per district, comprehensive free shs, comprehensive irrigation in the north, one million extra dollars per constituency, special prosecutor, etc, offers the country the real chance to industrialize, provide jobs to the teeming youth on a sustainable basis, move agriculture from peasant levels to real Agric business, stabilise the cedi on a sustainable basis, aggressively meet the basic developmental needs of our deprived communities, tame inflation, tame corruption, and generally move this country onto the cherished new paradigm of progress and development.
President Akufo Addo believes he needs these numbers of appointees to deliver. For now, these numbers are an issue, and the concerns being raised about them are legitimate, expected, and in order, just as the NPP in opposition raised them.
If he indeed begins to deliver concretely on his transformational agenda, then the numbers will cease to be an issue.