Former secretary general of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Adjei Agyepong, has raised concerns about the number of ministerial appointments made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Speaking in an individual interview on Peace FM morning show ‘Kokrokoo, Mr. Kwabena Adjei Agyepong expressed alarm at the many MPs a minister has under Akufo-Addo’s regime.
“I think a country like Ghana can even survive with twenty (20) ministries, a lot of ministries that have been cut should be consolidated,” he said to Kwami Sefa Kayi.
“I think every minister should have a deputy. The president has a deputy who is his deputy. Why should the minister have three? . . it makes the cost of running the government too high,” he added.
Although he did not link his statement to Ghana’s decision to resort to the IMF, he was nevertheless convinced that the size of the ministerial appointments “makes the cost of running the government too high”.
Ghana has formally requested the International Monetary Fund to support its economic program due to the challenges faced by citizens.
Although the claim that the nation is turning to the IMF for help was fiercely opposed, especially when Nana Addo, in her campaign to become President of the Republic, vowed never to drag the country to the IMF, Ghana now returns to the IMF. .
It follows a phone conversation between President Akufo-Addo and IMF Managing Director Kristalian Georgieva, who conveyed the country’s decision to apply for the support fund.
A statement released in Accra on Friday July 1, 2022 and signed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said “Engagement with the IMF will seek to provide balance of payments support as part of a broader effort to accelerate Ghana’s reconstruction in the face of challenges induced by the Covid-19 pandemic and, recently, the crises Russian-Ukrainian”.
Ghana is a member of the IMF and recently received $1 billion for its Covid-19 response program.
The government expects IMF support to strengthen the sources of financing needed to execute its economic program.
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
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