Th deputy communications director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kamal-Deen Abdulai, has defended President Nana Akufo-Addo's volume of ministerial appointments by saying the NPP never promised a small government prior to the 2016 elections.
The party communicator claimed Akufo-Addo while in opposition, only raised concerns about the performance and results of Mahama’s government which he said were abysmal.
3news.com quoted Abdulai as saying: “…there is no record anywhere that when he [Nana Akufo-Addo] was campaigning, he complained about the size of [Mahama’s] government."
Abdulai insisted that it was never a part of the president's campaign to run a lean government.
He demanded that critics of the size of the current government provide evidence showing that Akufo-Addo promised a small government.
“He [Akufo-Addo] didn’t talk about size of government, it’s not true,” he emphasised, adding “Anybody who says that [Akufo-Addo promised a lean government] anywhere should give me evidence,” he demanded
For him, the most important thing about governance is to produce results which he said the NPP has been able to do with the over 110 ministers.
The number of ministers appointed by the president now stands at 123, the biggest number in Ghanaian history. It follows an increment of 13 from 110.
The number of ministers in a government is a topic of fierce debate due to the mistrust the general public has office holders.
It is the perception of majority of everyday Ghanaians that the political parties create opportunities for party functionaries so that they can benefit from the state.
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