President Akufo-Addo has been named as superintending the most nepotistic government in the fourth Republic.
It is a very common phenomenon among Ghanaian presidents to appoint family affiliations into their governments.
The likes of Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufour, John Evans Atta-Mills and John Mahama all tolled the same line during their times as president.
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When Atta-Mills was president, he appointed his brothers Samuel Atta Mills and Dr Cadman Atta Mills as Aide and member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC), respectively.
Mahama also gave state contracts to his biological brother Ibrahim Mahama and appointed his aunt’s daughter, Hon. Joyce Mogtari Bawa as a deputy minister.
Meanwhile, Kufour also appointed his brother, Addo Kufour as Minister of Defense; and Mr J.H. Mensah, Brother-in-law as a senior minister.
However, a latest chart by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has cited President Akufo-Addo as leading the charge when it comes to nepotism in government.
Executive Director of CDD, Professor H Kwesi Prempeh, attributed the nepotism in successive governments to a cultural phenomenon.
“It is a difficult matter for our society because we can’t separate the public from the private,” he told Accra-based Adom FM.
He said there must be serious education for people to understand that when a relative is not obliged to use his influence to get you a job when he is in power.
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Fund Raiser for Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Michael Boadi was also of the view that nepotism is not exclusively an African problem.
According to him, nepotism cannot be rated in the same bracket as corruption, but advised political leaders to make appointments using level playing fields, rather than affiliations.
President Akufo-Addo has in recent times faced strong criticism for allegedly practising nepotism in his government.
Former president John Dramani Mahama and the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) have been two of Nana Addo’s strongest critics.
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