Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday swore in 50 Deputy Ministers of State, urging them to discharge their duties diligently.
Akufo-Addo also urged them to let the criticism that greeted their appointments impose a clear obligation on them to justify their inclusion in governance.
“Let us build that dignified, self-reliant, prosperous Ghana that successive generations of Ghanaian patriots and the founders of our free, democratic nation sought with their sweat, toil and blood,” he said.
The swearing-in ceremony signals the completion of the composition of the central government under the presidency of Akufo-Addo.
The Ghanaian leader had broken the records when he appointed in March 110 ministers
Fifty six of them are full ministers, while 50 are deputy ministers, with the remaining four, ministers of state.
In contrast Nigeria has 35 ministers. Britain has a total of 120 ministers for a population of about 65 million.
Akufo-Addo who was elected last December, promising to cut expenditure and fight corruption, said the appointments were necessary.
But critics believed that it was an overdo, describing the size of government as “elephant for a country the size of Ghana. Truly, the government size is a record for Ghana.
It is the largest government since the country, of about 27 million inhabitants, adopted a democratic constitution in 1992.
“I’m aware that people are concerned about what they see as maybe the cost of this large government,” Akufo-Addo admitted in an interview on national television.
“It is a necessary investment to make for the rapid transformation of this country” he said and added that ministers “are coming to work, it is not going to be a holiday”.
But the opposition party is less convinced about the benefit of having such a big government.
“We’re confronted with an elephant size of government and Akufo-Addo has proven that he’s a politician rather than a president,” said Haruna Iddrisu, leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament.
Following from the new wave of ministerial intake, the agriculture ministry now boasts a minister, a minister of state and three deputies. Four other ministries also have three deputies and a minister. NAN
SOURCE: African Spotlight