The founding President of Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has faulted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the appointment of 110 ministers.
Cudjoe also posited that Ghana can do with just about 30 ministers who will be in charge of running the various ministries and regions, adding that
the size of the country’s economy makes it possible for the country to have fewer ministers than it currently has to operate.
It will be recalled that the President and his administration has come under attack after he nominated another set of four ministers as Ministers of State and another 50 as Deputy Ministers. This has taken his haul to 110.
“This country can do with about 30 ministers and that is set. I’ve been to Australia and the UK and their institutions and ministries that are being collapsed into desks for agency heads. That is a country that is vast like a continent in itself. I think 30 ministers can do for this country”, Cudjoe said.
Continuing, Cudjoe said he believes the deputy ministers named by the president for some ministries were unnecessary and if given the chance, he will prune the number to the region of 30 ministers.
According to him, some developed countries, including Australia and the UK, had resorted to collapsing their many similar ministries into major single ministries.
He also insisted that the current over bloated government will lead to redundancy.
“You would have thought that the words used by the president himself in the run-up to the 2016 elections that he will protect the public purse will be minded so that when I hear the minister for information saying the economy is a weak economy and so you need a strong army of people, well then you may as well add militia people,” he said.
“The second justification for this which tells me that we’ve completely lost the plot is this whole business that because the constitution allows it, there is an open-ended opportunity, in my description of prudence, that falls under legal plunder. The fact that the law says that you can go and on does not mean that after you spoke about the very weak fundamentals of the economy you met, you should plunder it this manner,” he said.