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General News of Monday, 12 February 2018


110 ministers still needless – Kwasi Prempeh

There is no evidence to show that the over 110 ministers appointed by the Akufo-Addo government can deliver the required results in the development of the country, Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Prof Henry Kwasi Prempeh has said.

Prof Prempeh says he will, thus, welcome a reduction in the number of ministers as President Nana Akufo-Addo assesses his ministers this week.

The exercise comes at a time speculations of an impending reshuffle are gaining grounds.

The appraisal comes on the back of a report presented to the president by the Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry on the performance of government appointees and programmes.

Ahead of the event, Prof Prempeh said: “I think it is unnecessary and a bad precedent in my view because, especially if you make a connection between that and delivering and turning around the economy, then any president can say that: ‘In order for me to deliver my agenda, I need 200 and don’t judge me until the end of my term’.

“There is no theory for me to say … there is a connection between the number of ministers you have and how quickly or how amazingly you are able to turn the economy around. I don’t see the connection.

“So, I have not been persuaded by that from the beginning and I remain unpersuaded that we need this number,” he told Accra-based Joy FM on Monday, February 12.