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I need the numbers to fix economy – Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo has justified his decision to appoint 110 ministers to serve in his government.

According to him, the enormous challenges confronting the country require the staggering number of ministers he has selected to fix.

“I don’t believe that my government in the fourth Republic has big numbers in view of the swollen challenges,” the President told the Daily Graphic and GBC in an interview.

He said a paradigm shift is needed to recover the ailing Ghanaian economy.

“These are the background and circumstances that were facing my government and the people of Ghana, hence they need a new paradigm shift to solve the problems.

“We have a problem and what is the best way? It is better to have men and women capable of serving the nation’s interest and work to grow the economy. If I succeed, you will soon find out that the brouhaha is nothing, compared to the success,” he noted.

Akufo-Addo has come under barrage of criticisms following the announcement of the full list of his ministerial appointees which stands at 110. The number makes him the President with the biggest government size since the 4th republic.

The Center for Democratic Development (CDD) has described the number of ministers as shocking.

“The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is deeply dismayed by reports that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated an additional 54 people to serve as ministers or deputies to the various ministries. When confirmed by Parliament, as they are more than likely to, that would bring the total number of ministers and deputy ministers appointed so far in the Akufo-Addo-led NPP government to an unprecedented 110.

CDD-Ghana considers this move and the obscene number of ministers a wrong one for several reasons,” the CDD said in a statement.



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