Ghana: appointment of 110 ministers sparks criticisms

Posted March 19, 2017

There is outrage in Ghana as the Nana Akufo-Addo led Government has been accused of running a jamboree and "elephant size" government with the appointment of a total of 110 Ministers. Britain has a total of 120 ministers for a population of about 65 million.

President Akufo-Addo has said he fought against powers and principalities to emerge victorious in the 2016 elections.

Akufo-Addo, who promised to cut superfluous government spending, has hit back at his opponents claiming it is a necessary investment for Ghana.

It is the largest government since the country, of about 27 million inhabitants, adopted a democratic constitution in 1992.

But the opposition party is less convinced about the benefit of having such a big government.

Joseph Yamin says, "Akufo-Addo has been too quick to expose his incompetence to the people of Ghana even in the way he is doing his ministerial appointments". Salaries alone will be around 60% of the budget of six infrastructure-related ministries.

Mr. Antwi Boasiako popularly known as Chairman Wontumi told that looking at the "messy" economic situation Ex-President John Mahama's administration left behind, it would take an army of ministers to fix; hence his decision to support Nana Akufo Addo's size of ministerial appointees.

The new government nominated on Wednesday - which includes dozens of lower-level and regional ministers - is a record for Ghana and has sparked a storm of commentary on social media and radio talk shows.

"The number, for instance, among the deputy ministers - 42 out of 50 are all parliamentarians, and in effect converting them from parliamentarians into ministers, the marginal cost of that transformation is minimal in terms of the public exchequer", he said.

Government spokesman Nana Akomea said criticism would stop if the government delivers on its ambitious agenda.