The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described as unjustified, government’s appointment of a record 110 ministers and deputy ministers.
NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) does not need a huge team to improve on the economic fortunes of the country.
Speaking to Gifty Andoh on The Pulse on JOYNEWS, he said the appointment of more ministers by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo shows he “doesn’t understand governance.”
“They don’t know what they are talking about. They should proceed to appoint one minister, one district and one minister, one constituency,” he said, mocking the President.
The President has announced a list of a 50 deputy Ministers and four (4) more Ministers of state, bringing the total number of Ministerial appointees in the government to 110.
Some of the Ministries especially Agriculture, Information, Energy and Local Government, and Finance have been assigned three (3) deputy Ministers with others having two deputy Ministers.
Sections of Ghanaians have taken to social media to register their displeasure with the appointments.
Some of the new Ministers
Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, explained at a news conference that government considered the “mismanaged” nature of the economy before making the appointments.
He said Ghanaians should prefer a President who will assemble a "huge team of competent people" to the one who will appoint a small number of Ministers who will misapply state funds.
But Mr Asiedu Nketia has said the huge team of ministers appointed by the President will put unnecessary pressure on the public purse.
The additional Ministers, he said would all be given police escorts, land cruisers, salaries and saloon cars which he described as needless.
“You don’t come out and say that because there is a problem with the economy, you need more ministers,” he said, cautioning government to cut down the number of appointees.
Mr Asiedu Nketia said it is appropriate for an NDC government to appoint more ministers because it believes in a “bigger government,” but not an NPP government.
“Everybody knows that when you say you are a liberal party then you believe in a smaller government, but not a bigger government,” he said.