Reshuffle Blues!



Sets Up Minister

Against Colleagues

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has been involved in what many see as tea drinking sessions with his 110 ministers at the Flagstaff House, disguised as a rigorous assessment and performance evaluation exercise after one year in office.

Interestingly, the secret ministerial appraisal, is a sequel to a confidential report submitted to President Akufo-Addo by the Minister of State in-charge of Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei and his team, who assessed the ministers from 2017 to date.

Dr. Akoto-Osei, will himself be assessed, but it is not clear how his assessment will be done, as it is not clear he had scored himself in the confidential report he submitted to President Akufo-Addo on his colleague ministers.

Mr. Akufo-Addo, is meeting his ministers together with the Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia and Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, with the criteria and marking scheme known only to the three of them and not Ghanaian voters.

 So far, National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah; Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten; Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, Dan Botwe and Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, have answered for one year of their stewardship as ministers of state.

Ahead of the appraisal, the Flagstaff House, claimed that President Akufo-Addo, had given his Ministers Key Performance Indicators (KPI) which he and the Vice-President and Chief of Staff, would be assessing them on, but interestingly, the KPI are again only known to the Flagstaff House, but Ghanaians were hearing about it for the first time without the benefit of knowing the content on which the ministers are being examined.

Details of Monday’s assessment are not yet out, making many wonder what really the President and his colleagues are examining, especially so, when he had several times praised his 110 ministers using adjectives such as indefatigable, formidable, hardworking, inspirational , popular among others.

Some have argued that, the meetings are towards reshuffling the ministers, and that President Akufo-Addo, must go ahead with the reshuffle, instead of hiding behind assessment and performance evaluation.

But one thing which Ghanaians are keenly observing is, whether President Akufu-Addo, will cut down on the number of his Ministers.

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

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

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 numbers 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.

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