By Frank Amponsah
The Minister for Information, Hon. Mustapha Hamid has called the bluff of people criticizing the president for appointing too many ministers and deputy ministers, and indicated that the President, Nana Akufo-Addo has made the choice of composing such a strong army to help him achieve his ambitious goal of transforming the nation.
According to him, it will be much prudent to have a wide government which will ensure the protection of the national purse than to have a lean government with nation wreckers who will rather loot, milk and dissipate the national purse.
The Minister was addressing a press conference yesterday when he averred that Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed such number of ministers and deputies who will help ensure efficiency and productivity.
According to Mustapha Hamid, the Akufo-Addo government has inherited a country whose economy is weak, therefore needs a strong army to tackle challenges and bring progress and development, which is the ultimate expectation for which the people of Ghana voted for the NPP.
The appointment of the 110 ministers and deputy ministers was greeted with heavy criticisms by a section of the Ghanaian public.
Although Mustapha Hamid shared the view that the number of ministers will put a stress on the public purse, he stressed that “it was better to have a large government with men of integrity who will be efficient on the job than a lean, corrupt government…. It is not the leanness or bigness of a government that determines its output and its ultimate performance,” Mr. Hamid stated.
He made some references to the previous governments and pointed out that Ghana had governments that are smaller but have landed the country in bigger debt and bigger mess than governments that have had bigger ministers.
“The Kufuor government, apart from this Akufo-Addo government, would have been the government that had the biggest number of ministers and deputy ministers. But everybody knows President Kufuor’s record in this country. Everybody knows what we did for this nation at the end of President Kufour’s government. Those who came subsequently after that and created all the financial mess that we have on our hands which we are still dealing with had a smaller government.”
He also explained that a president can decide to run a government with 10 ministers and still create an avenue to loot our nation.
“I don’t know if that is what the Ghanaian people want or to have a government that is bigger than that but which has people of integrity, honesty, who are on the job and doing the things that ought to be done.”
He also assured the people of Ghana that President Akufo-Addo is determined to lead a government that will meet the aspirations of the people.
Below is the list of Ministers of States and Deputies:
LIST OF NOMINEES FOR MINISTERS OF STATE & DEPUTY MINISTERS
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, submitted the names of 54 persons to Parliament for approval as Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers.
The names of the nominees for Ministers of State are as follows:
1.Minister of State at the Office of the – Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo
President – Public Procurement
2. Minister of State at the Office of the President – Hon. Brian Acheampong
3. Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture – Dr. Nurah Gyeile
4. Minister of State at the Ministry of Education – Prof. Kwesi Yankah
– Tertiary Education
The names of the nominees for Deputy Ministers are as follows:
1. Ministry of Finance – Hon Kwaku Kwarteng
– Hon Abena Osei Asare
– Charles Adu Boahen
2. Ministry of Energy – Hon Owuraku Aidoo
– Hon Joseph Cudjoe
– Dr. Mohammed Amin Anta
3. Ministry of Local Government
and Rural Development – Hon Osei Bonsu Amoah
– Hon Collins Ntim
– Hon Kwasi Boateng Agyei
4. Ministry of Information – Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
– Hon Ama Dokuaa Asiamah Agyei
– Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto
5. Ministry of Agriculture – Hon William Agyapong Quaitoo
– Hon Dr Sagre Bambangi
– Hon George Oduro
6. Ministry of Trade and Industry – Hon Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah
– Robert Ahomka-Lindsey
7. Ministry of Roads and Highways – Hon Kwabena Owusu Aduomi
– Hon Anthony N-Yoh Puowele Karbo
8. Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources – Hon Benito Owusu Bio
– Hon Barbara Oteng Gyasi
9. Ministry of Works and Housing – Hon Freda Prempeh
– Hon Eugene Antwi
10.Ministry of Education – Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum – - Hon Barbara Ayisi Acher
11.Office of Attorney General and – Godfred Dame
Ministry of Justice – Hon Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka
12. Ministry of Health – Hon Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu
– Hon Tina Mensah
13. Ministry of Railways Development – Hon Kwaku Agyenim Boateng
– Hon Andy Appiah-Kubi
14. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and – Hon Mohammed Habbib Tijani
Regional Integration – Charles Owiredu
15. Ministry of Communications – Hon George Andah
– Hon Vincent Sowah Odotei
16. Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation – Hon Patrick Boamah
– Hon Michael Yaw Gyato
17. Ministry of Defence – Hon Maj. Derrick Oduro
18. Ministry of The Interior – Hon Henry Quartey
19. Ministry of Environment, Science – Hon Patricia Appiagyei
and Technology and Innovation
20. Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and –Martin Agyei-Mensah Korsah
21. Ministry of Transport –Hon Nii Kwartei Titus Glover
22. Ministry of Employment And Social Welfare –Hon Bright Wireko Brobbey
23. Ministry of Fisheries And Aquaculture –Hon Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe
24. Ministry of Aviation – Hon Kwabena O. Darko-Mensah
25. Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs – Hon Paul Essien
26. Ministry of Gender, Children – Hon Gifty Twum Ampofo
and Social Protection
27. Ministry of Youth And Sports – Pius Enam Hadzide
28. Ministry of Tourism, Creative Arts And Culture – Hon Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi
29. Ministry of Monitoring And Evaluation – Hon William Kwasi Sabi