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Opinions of Monday, 28 January 2013

Columnist: Thompson, Kofi

Should The Three Wise Men Be Appointed Senior Ministers?

By Kofi Thompson

Far be it for a lowly person like me to suggest how the powers that be should proceed, in structuring their new regime.

However, knowing how some public servants can permanently frustrate the implementation of policies of ruling parties they have an antipathy towards, one feels obliged to offer a humble suggestion to the president, for patriotic reasons.

To avoid the bureaucratic minefield they are bound to encounter sooner or later, the president would be well-advised to consider adopting the designation "Senior Minister" for the vital roles set aside for Hon. Bagbin, the Hon. E. T. Mensah and the Hon. Cletus Avoka to perform in his administration.

The question is: Are there cogent reasons that cannot be publicly divulged that make it impossible for that to happen?

If not then giving each of the so-called "three wise men" the designation Senior Minister will be a prudent move - and an example of the kind of creative thinking patriotic Ghanaians expect from President Mahama's new administration.

It will enable the Mahama regime to neatly sidestep the bureaucratic minefield, which will enable the surrogates of its political opponents in the public service to ensure that the bulk of the projects earmarked for completion under the supervision of the Hon. Alban Bagbin, the Hon. E. T. Mensah and the Hon. Cletus Avoka, are not completed before the end of the president's tenure on January 7th 2017.

With respect, it is said that a stitch in time, saves nine. Let the president ignore those who have already more or less written off his administration, and appoint each of the "three wise men" a Senior Minister in his administration. A word to the wise...

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