How Can You Appoint Ablakwa As Education Minister … Ex-Finance Minister Asks Mahama

A former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in the erstwhile President Kufuor-led administration, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, has described as laughable, the appointments of some personalities as ministers in the current administration, under President Mahama.

The former minister says the appointments by President Mahama clearly demonstrate a lack of seriousness and commitment to the development of the country.

Dr. Akoto Osei observed that he was not, therefore, surprised by the level of mistrust and lack of confidence being exhibited by public servants in the current administration, culminating in the recent streak of strike actions a few months into the administration of a new government.

Citing specifically, the appointment of Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa as Deputy Minister of Education, the Member of Parliament for the Old Tafo constituency said he was surprised at President Mahama for appointing the former Information Minister to such a big and sensitive position like the Education Ministry.

He observed that a sector like education requires people with a high level of intellectual capacity and political maturity, credentials, which the former finance minister believed, was lacking in the North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP).

“How do you expect that when high level academicians like university professors are meeting, and someone like Okudzeto Ablakwa is presiding as a minister, or how do you expect university lecturers to deal with someone like Okudzeto Ablakwa as an Education Minister, it is unacceptable.” Dr. Akoto Osei further observed that even the substantive Minister, Prof. Jane Opoku Agyemang, though a former Vice Chancellor was not the ideal person to handle the ministry, because of the political complexities involved.

The former finance minister also took a swipe at the appointment of persons like Felix Ofosu Kwakye and Victoria Hammah into the ministries of Information and Communications.

“President Mahama is making governance look like a joke; is he telling us that the NDC does not have personalities better than these people,” he queried.

While describing the appointment of Felix Ofosu Kwakye as a glorification of insults in the country’s body politic, Dr. Akoto Osei further described Vicky Hammah’s nomination to the Communication Ministry as an absolute joke.

“Now governance has become so cheap that people who are only versed in issues like sexual relationships are now being appointed as ministers,, referring to the Deputy Communication-designate who was one of the panelists of a Multi TV late night sexual talk show.

Sharing his thoughts on wide range of issues on ANGEL 96.1FM, the former Finance Minister also described President Mahama’s 100 days in office as the poorest ever in the annals of Ghana’s democracy, stressing that the country had never experienced a situation, where in just 100 days of a new government’s term in office, you have so many workers going on strike.

The current strike actions clearly, are as a result of lack of confidence and trust in the leadership of this country. ‘It is a clear signal that the Mahama-led administration lacks the competence to handle matters that are critical to the governance of this country,’ Dr. Akoto Osei noted

“Even in 2000, when NPP took over a totally broke economy, we did not experience such strike actions in the first 100 days that this current administration is experiencing, something is definitely wrong,” he noted.