General News of Thursday, 8 February 2018
President Nana Akufo-Addo will on Friday, February 9, 2018, assess his Ministers of State and their performance following their first year of work.
According to sources at the seat of government, the President will have face-to-face conversations with each of his appointees.
Also billed to be present, during the one-on-one evaluation exercises are the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, and Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei. The appraisal comes on the back of a report presented to the President by Dr. Akoto Osei on the performance of government appointees and programmes.
Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry role
The creation of the Monitoring and Evaluation portfolio by the President at the beginning of President Akufo-Addo’s tenure was met with criticism by a section of the public who cited duplication of functions since most Ministries already have such units within their structure.
But the government rejected such claims indicating such a role is necessary for tracking the implementation of government policies and programs.
The President said the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation was set up to consolidate government’s activities by ensuring appointees live up to set targets and culminate in the overall growth agenda for the country.
President Akufo-Addo, in all, has 110 people serving as ministers, ministers of state and deputies in his administration, the highest in the country’s history.
Out of the total 110, 20 are Regional Ministers and their Deputies, 40 ministers for various ministries, with 50 deputies.
In Jul7 2017, Dr. Akoto Osei had said his outfit will by October 2017 give an account of the performances of the various ministries towards achieving set targets.
According to him, at the time, the ministries had already submitted reports detailing their key priority areas to be assessed on.
He further intimated that targets for the Finance and Energy ministries will be paramount in the assessment.