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04.04.2019 Feature Article

Ghana’s Big Government: A Pragmatic Approach

Ghana’s Big Government: A Pragmatic Approach
APR 4, 2019 FEATURE ARTICLE

Ghana has a comparatively big government managed by one hundred and twenty-three (123) ministers out of an approximate population of twenty-eight million (28,000,000). Countries with larger populations and which are richer than Ghana do not come anywhere close to Ghana’s big government.

China (population1.357 billion) has only twenty (20) ministers. Japan (population 127.3 million) has twenty (20) ministers. The USA (population 318 million) has only twenty-three (23) ministers. France (population 66 million) has sixteen (16) ministers. Nigeria (population 173 million) has thirty-six (36) ministers.

Are we that rich or we just have a problem with profligacy? When the NDC talks about the NPP’s big government the NPP communicators fight them off like a plague. This is not an NPP/NDC affair. It should be seen as a National issue and dealt with appropriately.

It is about time the President of Ghana rethinks his position on this issue. There are abandoned benefits that can be reaped if there is a cut in the number of ministries. For example, there will be massive savings in ministers’ salaries and allowances, salaries, and allowances of redundant workers, savings in the purchase of vehicles, savings in the provision of government bungalows, amongst a host of others.

A merger of the following ministries will eliminate twenty ministries:

  1. Employment, Labour Relations, and Business Development;
  2. Agriculture, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Development;
  3. Information and Communication;
  4. National Security and Interior;
  5. Regional Reorganization and Special Development Initiatives;
  6. Transport, Aviation, and Railways Development;
  7. Sanitation, Water Resource, and Health;
  8. Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and Lands and Mineral Resources;
  9. Tourism, Arts, Culture, Chieftaincy, and Religious Affairs;
  10. The Ministry of Business Development Must be relegated to a government Department.

The mergers listed above will lead to the scrapping of twenty Ministries.

What do we do with the redundant Ministers and their Deputies?

Let them form themselves into business consortiums that can apply for loans/grants and transition into viable businessmen/business women.

We can also seek help from the advanced countries that are doing well without big governments.

A well-intended bi-partisan approach to this problem will be ideal.

Kwasi Asamoah

Dallas, Texas, USA.

Kwesi Asamoah
Kwesi Asamoah, © 2019

This author has authored 19 publications on Modern Ghana. Author column: KwesiAsamoah

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