General News of Thursday, 13 December 2012

Source: Efua Idan Osam

A balance gov’t is critical for Mahama’s success – Lecturer

A political science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Aggrey Darko has advised that President John Mahama maintain a delicate balance between the old hands and the young members of the party when selecting Ministers to serve in the various sectors of his government.

“You will need some experienced hands for the stake of the institutional memory, the expertise, the experiences... the wisdom that they have but then you blend these old hands with some new guys, some new energy, some form of dynamism so that they can resonate with the broad masses of our people.”

The Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur on Wednesday issued a directive to all serving Ministers of State to begin preparing their handing over notes in compliance with the provisions of the Presidential (Transitions) Act of 2013, Act 845.

Citi News sources have also revealed that there is serious lobbying from existing Ministers and party members to secure Ministerial position.

Speaking on Citi FM on Wednesday, Dr. Darko argued that thought a large section of the nation's population was made up of the youth, if the President was hoping to present “a very potent team, one of the things you will be looking out for is whether the team that you will represent really cuts across or mimics the cross section of the population... to push forward the better Ghana agenda.”

He expressed the hope that the President’s Ministerial appointments will unite and possibly bring onboard persons with expertise from the political divide.

He however, cautioned that although he had the right and the authority to bring opposition members on board, their loyalty should be carefully.

He said: “Apart from expertise that somebody will bring, you also want to see loyalty and commitment to the party’s ideals and party’s ideology. There is no point bringing somebody serving you who doesn't really believe in your ideology, he may even end up sabotaging behaving like a demon to undermine the very public policies that you want to promote. So you have to balance expertise with loyalty.”