Nana Akomea Asserts Years After Describing Mahama’s 86 As “horribly disappointed”
The Communications Director of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said that concerns about the size of President Akufo-Addo’s government, are legitimate and in order, just as the party raised similar concerns, while in opposition.
He, however, described the appointment of 110 ministers as historic since the inception of the Fourth Republic, but said the President believed he needed the numbers to honour the numerous promises he made to Ghanaians in the run up to the 2016 elections.
President Akufo-Addo, has come under heavy criticism for appointing 54 more substantive and deputy ministers on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 110.
Critics of the government, including the opposition National Democratic Congress (NPP) and the People’s National Convention (CPP), have argued that it was sheer waste of resources, especially when the government said the country was almost broke.
The 110 ministers, means 110 Police guards, 110 V8 vehicles, 110 salon cars, 110 accommodations, 110 garden boys, 110 cooks, 110 housemaids, 110 Personal Assistants, 110 drivers, 110 secretaries, medical bills, huge salaries and allowances, including traveling and entertainment allowances among others.
Ironically, Nana Akomea, has been quoted as saying on March 30, 2013 that, he was he was “horribly disappointed” President John Mahama, had appointment of 86 ministers and deputies to serve in his government.
President Akufo-Addo, himself, had also been quoted in May 2009, chastising the John Evans Atta-Mills government saying “…instead of a lean government, we have lean kenkey at a higher price, these are the issues which the….government and its activists should be tackling instead of seeking to divert attention with threats, intimidation, assaults, car-snatching, seizure of lorry parks and toilet grabbing”.
But Nana Akomea, suggested that the President, must be given the benefit of the doubt, and be judged by the outcome of his governance.
President Akufo-Addo, has come under heavy criticism after appointing more than one hundred (100) ministers to serve in his government; a move some electorates, describe as betrayal of trust, following pre-election assurances that he [Akufo-Addo] will ensure a prudent and efficient government.
But according to Nana Akomea, there will be no concerns if the president duly delivers on his promises regardless of the numbers.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, March 16, 2017, Nana Akomea admitted that, the size of the Akufo-Addo government is the highest in the country’s history, but added that, his mandate and promises to Ghanaians, were also the boldest and revolutionary.
Read his post below: It will be recalled that Mr. Akomea in March 2013 criticized the then government, led by John Mahama for its many ministerial appointments. He said he was “horribly disappointed” in John Mahama for appointing 86 ministers and deputies then, to serve in his government.
But it appears Mr. Akomea has relaxed his stance on the size of government after his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) broke the existing record of 93 ministers by the NPP’s John Agyekum Kufour. –
The Minister for Information, also shot down arguments that President Akufo-Addo’s huge government size will take a toll on the nation’s coffers.
“…If you need more hands to ensure that we are protecting bigger money, you might do so because it’s better,” he argued.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mustapha Hamid, stressed the end result is what matters.
“We all agree that we ought to find ways of protecting the public purse and everybody agrees that in Africa the biggest problem that we face as a continent is not because we don’t have resources, often times it’s because of corruption. We lose a lot of money to corruption. And we all agree again that the biggest spot of our loss of money is through dubious procurement practices.”
Mr. Hamid, further explained that due to the absence of a Procurement Minister in previous times, there were a number of ministers of state, who force the Procurement Authority into acceding to their demands, hence causing the nation to “lose billions of cedis in contracts.”
He also defended the new deputy ministerial appointments to the Attorney General’s department.
“If you have two ministers at the Attorney General’s department who would sign off monies like we signed for people like Woyome, versus having three ministers who would have a better scrutiny. Look at all the 43 power purchase agreements that we have said that we are having to review. So if you need more hands to ensure that we are protecting bigger money, you might do because it’s better,” the minister added.
The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has described as senseless the justification of President Akufo-Addo’s 110 ministerial appointments.
“…The argument that the economy is so destroyed that they need a bigger team to do work also doesn’t make sense,” he added.