Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak has criticised President Nana Akufo-Addo for appointing 110 ministers and deputy ministers to his administration.
“It is just so shocking because, for the first time in the history of the 4th Republic, we are crossing the 90 [ministers] mark. Check President Rawlings’ ministers, check President Kufuor’s ministers, the late President Atta Mills’, President John Mahama’s; this is the biggest. It is so shameful that you will even have a Minister of State at the Office of the President who also has a deputy,” he said on Wednesday, March 15.
The president announced on that same day a list of 50 deputy ministers, bringing to 110 his ministers and deputy ministers.
The president has since taken some flak from a section of the Ghanaian public, with critics saying the size of his government will have a toll on the public purse.
The Asawase legislator added: “This is the most ridiculous – someone who is telling the whole country to tighten their belt. Look at the goods and services of more than 22 ministries put together. It is not even up to the goods and services of the government machinery. They are just adding on as if, with the greatest respect, it is some ‘chaskele’; you just keep passing. I think that is just unfortunate.”