Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has justified President Nana Akufo-Addo’s appointment of some 110 ministers including deputies, to serve in his government.
According to him, the best way to evaluate the Akufo-Addo government is on the basis of how they deliver on their promises and not on the size of the government.
According to him, even though the size of the ministerial appointments is huge, the end will justify such appointments.
“I know at the end of the day, the end will justify the inclusion,” the Suame MP stated on the floor of parliament.
He further urged the Appointments Committee to work expeditiously during the vetting.
“Having said that Mr. Speaker, I chose my words advisedly. I will urge the Appointments Committee to work expeditiously.”
President Akufo-Addo on recently nominated 50 deputies and 4 others to serve as Ministers of State at the presidency and ministries, bringing his total number of ministers to 110, the highest in Ghana’s Fourth Republic.
The President has since come under intense criticism since the appointment. While some have argued that the decision will lead to bureaucracy, others believe that it will only worsen corruption.
But the President on Friday defended his decision, saying the unprecedented problems confronting Ghana demand a large government.
“I don’t believe that my government in the Fourth Republic has big numbers in view of the swollen challenges,” the President said in an interview with the Daily Graphic and Ghana Television.”
The President reiterated that the initial justification from that the weak nature of the economy required a competent army.