The Center for Democratic Development, CDD, has condemned the large size of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government, describing it as obscene and unprecedented.
In a strong worded press release, the CDD said Akufo-Addo’s 110 ministers and deputies is ‘unprecedented’ and ‘obscene’ and likely to have a negative impact on the public purse.
The Centre further the action of the President sets a negative record for Ghana, which is already famous in the sight of the global community for having over-sized ministerial teams.
“The appointments betray inadequate sensitivity to the weak fiscal condition of the country today, as it flies in the face of the President’s promise to protect the public purse.”
The CDD also expressed shock that the president was not guided by the examples of “Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and John Magafuli of Tanzania who significantly downsized their governments to signify “change” upon assumption of office” but went ahead to “lowering the bar of unwisely ministerial size and government in Ghana’s 4th Republic.”
The CDD also called on the President to make public the salaries and emoluments of all public office holders so Ghanaians can know the cost of governing the country.