Renowned Sports Journalist, Fentuo Tahiru has expressed shock at the President of Ghana’s refusal to reduce the number of appointees in his government.
President Nana Addo Adankwa Akufo-Addo in 2017 came under fire for appointing an “elephant size” government of 110 ministers after promising to cut superfluous government spending while in opposition
He is of the view that If bigger numbers translated to better management of the economy, Ghana wouldn’t have found herself in the crisis she finds herself in now.
Many argued that it was the largest government since the country of about 30 million inhabitants, adopted a democratic constitution in 1992.
“I’m aware that people are concerned about what they see as maybe the cost of this large government,” Mr. Akufo-Addo admitted in an interview on national television.
“It is a necessary investment to make for the rapid transformation of this country.” He stressed
But venting his spleen on Twitter following the current economic crises, the Sports Journalist revisited the defense of the President and fired some salvos.
The seasoned broadcast Journalist said “I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for the President to reduce the size of Govt. Ministries with 2 deputies; Govt agencies with the same, redundant institutions – all need to go. If bigger numbers translated to better management of the economy, we wouldn’t be in this quagmire”.
Ghana’s economy is struggling. According to reports, the cedi is the worst-performing currency in the world.
Ghana’s consumer inflation reached nearly 34% in August, the highest since 2001, despite a historic rate increase by the central bank. This has ensured an astronomical rise in the standard of living in the West African country.
Fuel prices continue to experience upward adjustment with no help in sight.
Although analysts have advised that government should reduce its size in order to cut off some wastage, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo believes that all his Ministers have been sterling and do no need to downsize neither does he need to sack them.
This week, the President had to appeal to some Members of Parliament on the Majority side who are fed up with the hardship and called for the Finance Minister to be sacked and replaced by someone competent enough to make life better for the people.
They argue that the failure of the government is having a toll on them as their constituents are now relying solely on them to keep body and souls together.