For any nation to progress, there is the need to have committed and competent men and women manning leadership positions.
While successive governments have tried to do this, it has always been the case of some appointees not being up to task.
It’s been over two years since Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) were voted into office and there is still a lot to fix.
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The government may have chalked some successes in the last 24 months, but there are certain appointees who have contributed very little.
Below are five appointees who should be resigning with immediate effect:
1. Yaw Osafo Maafo
The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, has divided opinion since his office was created two years ago.
Not only has his official duties been questioned, but now he has added insult to injury following his comments on illegal mining.
Addressing a town hall meeting abroad, Mr. Maafo suggested that jailing Chinese national Aisha Huang, nicknamed ‘Galamsey Queen’, would not solve any of Ghana’s economic challenges.
He said the decision not to prosecute Aisha Huang was the best since Ghana intends to keep the diplomatic relationship it has with China.
As unfortunate as this statement was, the Senior Minister is yet to withdraw it, has shown no remorse and rather released another statement trying to justify it. Elsewhere he should have resigned by now.
2. The CID Boss
COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah is the head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.
In fact, she was recently promoted from Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) to her current rank of COP.
However, she has been embroiled in one controversy after the other with the latest being her misguided pronouncements about the three missing Takoradi girls.
She disclosed that the police had discovered the whereabouts of the girls.
According to her, the police were putting measures in place to rescue the girls and hand them to their families.
However, it has been over three weeks since she made the statement, but the girls are yet to be found. What’s such a person still doing at post?
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3. Interior Minister
One of the key mandates of the Ministry of the Interior is to see to the security and safety of the nation.
On the account of what Ghana has witnessed in the last 12 months, sector Minister, Ambrose Dery cannot be said to be discharging his duties well.
Security in the country has increasingly become fragile, with numerous cases of armed robbery, murder and kidnapping surfacing.
Also, there has been an increase in reported cases of police brutalities, which are yet to be brought under control.
The Interior Minister is supposed to ensure that the country is secure and safe for all citizens. If he cannot guarantee this, then it’s better he resigns.
4. Sanitation Minister
The core mandate of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources is to ensure that the cleanliness of the various cities in the country.
However, until now, not a single serious policy has been put in place to ensure that the country is rid of filth and dirt.
Rather, the Sanitation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah is telling Ghanaians to wait for the NPP’s second term before Accra can be made a clean city.
The above statement was an admission of failure, especially after President Akufo-Addo himself pledged to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by 2020.
Two years down the line, Accra remains as filthy as ever, so how is the Sanitation Minister still at post? She should honourably be resigning by now.
5. Monitoring and Evaluation minister
The Monitoring and Evaluation minister, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei is another person who should be resigning from his position.
This Ministry is supposed to focus on the implementation of critical Government programmes as outlined by the various ministries.
Also, the sector Minister is tasked to assess the performance of other sector ministers by identifying constraints and measuring results.
But how can you assess the performance of others when you are also not doing your own job well?
As it stands, there are many question marks over the competence of Dr. Akoto and the Ministry he oversees.
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