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Scrap Employment, Information Ministries; 85 Ministers Still Too High – Gyampo To Akufo-Addo

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University of Ghana political science lecturer, Professor Ransford Gyampo has urged President Akufo-Addo to scrap some of his ministries and ministers because they’re still high.

According to him a maximum of 40 Ministers will be ideal for Ghana considering the country’s scarce resources.

“In terms of size of government, an optimum size of 40 would have been felt by all as a drastic response. But it is rumored that the size of government in the next administration is likely to hover around 85. This to my mind, is still big. President J.A. Kuffour vehemently criticized President Jerry Rawlings for appointing 82 Ministers in the lead up to the 2000 elections. But when he (Kufuor) became President, he appointed 88 ministers. President Atta Mills downsized the government to 75 Ministers and we still criticized him.

“President John Mahama increased the size of government to over 90 Ministers (including his three or five wise men) and we used this as a campaign tool against him. President Akufo Addo ballooned the size to over 120 ministers and maintained this number in spite of several calls for downsizing,” Professor Gyampo said in a statement.

See his full article below:

My Take on President Akufo Addo’s Size of Government & Ministerial Nominees

1. The outcome of the 2020 Election, was a victory with a taste of defeat for the NPP, as I predicted two weeks to the election. A government like that of President Akufo Addo, that is interested in leaving a legacy and securing electoral fortunes for its political
party, must do something noticeably drastic to send a clear message, that lessons have been learnt from the resounding voice of the populace, as clearly articulated in the last election.

2. In terms of size of government, an optimum size of 40 would have been felt by all as a drastic response. But it is rumored that the size of government in the next administration is likely to hover around 85. This to my mind, is still big. President J.A. Kuffour vehemently criticized President Jerry Rawlings for appointing 82 Ministers in the lead up to the 2000 elections. But when he (Kufuor) became President, he appointed 88 ministers. President Atta Mills downsized the government to 75 Ministers and we still criticized him. President John Mahama increased the size of government to over 90 Ministers (including his three or five wise men) and we used this as a campaign tool against him. President Akufo Addo ballooned the size to over 120 ministers and maintained this number in spite of several calls for downsizing.

3. Even though it may be commendable that the size of government may hover around 85 ministers in President Akufo Addo’s second term, the number is still huge. Japan used to run the world’s third largest economy with 17 ministers. UK has less than 30 Ministers and the US has less than 40 ministers. Similarly, South Africa and Senegal have less than 40 ministers. Why is it that many of these countries that are richer and more populous than us, run a lean governments? Available scholarly research all over the world, show a predilection for lean or optimum government, that synchs with national wealth and population, as big governments tend to gobble the scarce resources that must be used to implement pro-poor policies.

4. So, at a future date, the President may consider the following suggestions to beat down the size of his government further, as he strives to leave a good legacy:

5. If possible, the Information ministry must be scrapped. After all, apart from the Vice President and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, no NPP functionary better informed the public about anything in the President’s first term. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah may simply be a Presidential Spokesperson without a whole ministry created for him.

6. The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs must also be scrapped. It is undemocratic and undermines the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances. It is a needless attempt to make the parliamentary arm of government subservient to the executive. In 2005, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of NEPAD, made a similar recommendation, but President Kufuor ignored it. President Mills scrapped that Ministry in line with the APRM Report, and for eight years, that ministry never existed. But President Akufo Addo brought it back in 2017. Given the kind of hung parliament we have, it would be an exercise in futility for anyone to attempt to make parliament subservient to the executive. It wouldn’t work. A liaison Officer may simply be appointed to liaise between the executive and the legislature without having a whole ministry.

7. The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture must be added to the Ministry of Agriculture. The overarching ministry would be the Ministry of Agriculture and a desk can be set up to deal with matters of fisheries, livestock and other related agric enterprises

8. Railways provide a means of transport to the citizenry. The Ministry of Railway Development can be subsumed under the Transport Ministry

9. The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources may be scrapped. The District Assemblies must be empowered to go back to their traditional “saman-saman” sanitation role, which they performed creditably in time past. The Water Resources bit of the ministry may simply be added to the Natural Resources Ministry.

10. Pluralism is a cardinal feature of democracy. There is no need for a whole Ministry in charge of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs. The fact that chiefs are unwilling to close their ranks in presenting a united front as important countervailing traditional bodies; and the fact that our religious bodies continue to remain amorphous, does not necessarily create any space for a whole governmental sector ministry. The frontiers of the state must not be expanded to cover chieftaincy and religious matters. Let the National House of Chiefs and Religious Bodies deal with their own issues.

11. What does the Ministry of Employment do? Do they offer employment? Can any graduate walk there in search for job? That ministry must be scrapped too. The National Labor Commission may be empowered to deal with all labor related issues. Matters of employment are cross sectoral and must remain so.

12. The Ministry of Public Enterprises may not be a useful introduction at this crucial time when there is much talk about rolling back the frontiers of the state and downsizing government. State-Owned Enterprises must be depoliticized and appointments into them, must be based on the Weberian conception of meritocracy. This would necessarily reinvigorate them to work, without a whole ministry to take charge of them.

13. Finally, if there is a Minsiter for Works and Housing, there may be no need to have another minister of state in charge of works and housing, in our current downsizing regime.

14. I conclude by saying that the previous government of President Akufo Addo may be reputed as the most stable in the history of the Fourth Republic. This may have its good sides. But, clearly, some ministers disappointed him. Others embarrassed him, while a number of them also caused disaffection for him and the party as a whole. As the President seeks to leave a legacy, he must be swift in reshuffling his team when necessary to bring out the best in them for Ghanaians.

If the petition for re-run of the elections at the Supreme Court succeeds, these suggestions may be relevant for President Mahama if he wins. If it doesn’t succeed, then may the second term of President Akufo Addo mark an era of quality government, that leaves a good legacy and translates into developmental outcomes that tangibly reflects in the life of every Ghanaian. I will be around to scrutinize whatever happens in the next government, not out of malice, but for the purposes of keeping the regime on its toes.

Yaw Gyampo
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Source: GhanaFeed.com

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Koku Anyidoho Summoned By Asona-Minta Traditional Council Over ‘Unlawful Divorce’

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The Asona-Minta traditional Council has summoned former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho over what they described as “unlawful divorce” of wife, Jennifer Boahemaa Yeboah.

Jennifer Boahemaa Yeboah accused Koku Anyidoho of throwing her out of their matrimonial home.

She also accused her husband of abandoning her at the hospital after she was involved in an accident in November last year, which took the life of the 8 years old daughter.

Following the alleged accusations by Madam Jennifer, the Asona-Minta traditional Council has summoned Koku Anyidoho and according to the council, “customarily one party cannot divorce the other party’s family member”.

Adding that “he unlawfully took two schnapps to the mother-in-law with his friends and not his family members who rallied solidly behind him”.

He has, therefore, urged him [Anyidoho] to appear before the council or drastic measures will be taken against him at Okyehen’s Judicial Committee in Kibi.

Below is the statement;

Source: Ghanaweb

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Let’s Work Together To Build Ghana – Mahama On Ghana @64

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has called on Ghanaians to join hands together to develop the country as it celebrates 64-years after Independence today March 6, 2021.

In a brief message to Ghanaians on Saturday March 6, Mr Mahama said “We have only one nation, Ghana and we must work together to ensure progress and growth of our dear nation. We can only do this if we ensure equality, freedom and justice for all our citizens.”

Meanwhile in an address to commemorating the 64th independence anniversary on Saturday, March 6, at the Jubilee House, Mr Akufo-Addo said “We recognize that the biggest challenge confronting us is to be able to put our country on the path of sustained progress and prosperity and enhance the wellbeing of every Ghanaian.

“Since 2017 considerable amount of work has been undertaken to help us achieve this objective.”

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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I Will Not Apologise To Bagbin Or Haruna, I Stand By My Statement – Sammy Gyamfi

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National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi has said that he still stands by his earlier statement accusing the leadership of the minority caucus in Parliament of betraying the Party.

Sammy Gyamfi has come under intense Pressure following a write up he published on social media accusing speaker of parliament,Alban Bagbin, leader of the minority, Haruna Iddrisu and others of betraying the NDC for their selfish interest.

Though many NDC stalwarts including Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga and former MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak have asked Sammy Gyamfi to Apologise, he insists he still stands by his words.

According to the young politician, his comments were meant to put the leadership of the minority caucus on their toes and not out of any personal vendetta.

“So it is to ensure that the right changes will happen and the right things will be done so that the NDC will grow. It is not out of spite for anybody, it is not out of disrespect for anybody but we must learn. The founder of the party was a brave man so sometimes, somebody can be your friend but you need to look at the collective good and collective interest and do certain things,” he told Power FM.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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