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17.12.2019 Feature Article

A Mockery Of A Country Led By 123 Ministers

A Mockery Of A Country Led By 123 Ministers
LISTEN DEC 17, 2019

I have been pondering over the use of 123 ministers in solving Ghana so-called problems by this current government. I ask myself, is that the best use of our limited resources? Is that how to run a business entity assuming Ghana was one?

A small country like Ghana with a population of about 30 million has the highest number of ministers in the world. This is ridiculous.

A country like the Netherlands that is below sea level with a population of about 17 million has about 13 ministers. They are being threatened about their survival almost on a daily basis. Being below sea level is a serious problem but they did not subscribe to the large size of ministers in solving their problems.

Do we actually need 123 ministers in Ghana? I think we do not need that number of Ministers to solve our so-called problems. Is it that our Government led by President Nana Akufo Addo has no regard and practical use of the word "efficiency"? Yet calling on SOEs to be run like private firms.

Former President Mahama did use a few resourced competent Ministers in solving some of our problems which were evident for every Ghanaian to see. This was a practical use of the word "efficiency" been displayed by former President Mahama and that is the kind of leader Ghanaians should have maintained. Anyway, Ghanaians have a second chance of bringing Mahama back.

For the sake of emphasis, a Ministry like Procurement is unnecessary when PPA is there. Monitoring And Evaluation and Planning Ministries are all waste when the Finance Ministry already exist. There is and was no need for the Ministry of Regional Reorganization when we already have Local Government and Rural Development Ministry - just to mention a few.

Whether deliberately or not, President Akufo Addo is making a mockery of himself and us to the international community with this number of Ministers.

President Akufo Addo should merge all the duplicating ministries to save the public purse of wanton depletion and make practical use of the word "efficiency".

I shall return.

Isaac Batowiise Bening
Isaac Batowiise Bening, © 2019

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