Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Ghana's President Sets New Record with 110 Appointed Ministers

Ghana's President Sets New Record with 110 Appointed Ministers

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stepped into office as the President of Ghana in January and gave an assurance that his government would protect and manage the public purse to engender the necessary social and economic development.

President Nana Akufo-Addo today [Sunday], left Ghana for Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the 5th edition of the Africa CEO Forum.

In contrast, Nigeria has 35 ministers.

Just like the enormous size of an elephant, Nana Akufo-Addo's team of ministers has taken the shape of the mammal- giving a clean hint that this new administration believes in the totem adopted on their party flag.

But the opposition party is less convinced about the benefit of having such a big government.

Akufo-Addo, who promised to cut superfluous government spending, has hit back at his opponents claiming it is a necessary investment for Ghana.

Out of the total 110, 20 are regional ministers and their deputies, 40 ministers for various ministries, with 50 deputies.

Aspiring Ashanti Regional Chairman of the main opposition National Democratic Congress is accusing President Akufo-Addo of exhibiting the highest level of incompetence in the appointment of persons to occupy ministerial positions.

"Akufo-Addo doesn't even know that a lot of the ministries do not have offices for the number of deputy ministers he is appointing", Yamin said.

Parliamentary sources told Reuters top government appointees receive monthly salaries of about $4,000 (£3,326) in addition to at least two cars, free fuel, a house, free utilities and personal protection.

The UK has a total of 120 ministers for a population of about 65 millions.

Government spokesman Nana Akomea said criticism would stop if the government delivers on its ambitious agenda.

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