President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo continues to receive heavy bashing for appointing 110 ministers to serve in his government.
The minority side in Ghana’s parliament has described the appointments as “elephant-sized” and wants the number reduced. Some civil society groups, including CDD-Ghana and IMANI, have also urged Nana Akufo Addo to slash the size of the ministerial and deputy appointments.
But the President sees nothing of it, defending that, the challenges facing the country are unprecedented and require that 110 appointments be made to address the challenges.
In the latest rant, IT Consultant Arnold Appiah tells Melody News, Joe Bright that President Akufo Addo should not put too many captains in a ship and expect to get the job done.
“You don’t put too many captains in a ship and expect to get the job done, there should be only the captain and the implementers, they are supposed to be more and ministers are not implementers – they are advisors; It’s the chief director, the social worker, the agric extension officer who would get the job done”.
Mr Appiah noted there are government agencies such as the NCCE that needs resources to function effectively; and also a large pool of graduates who are most needed at the grassroots to get the job done.
“We don’t need seven ministers at the top, knowing that they are not going to go to the grassroots…the job is at the grassroots not at the top”.
“The polytechnics when they come out they don’t come out has ministers, they come out has technical people who are going to the mechanical areas, the construction sites and other areas to get their hands dirty to get the job done”
Mr Appiah further noted that “the amount of money you spend on a minister can be spent on fifty people for a year and that fifty people can also feed a hundred people”. He said Ghana needs the technocrats more; rather than politicians.
By: Joe Bright Nyarko