- Former Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anydoho, has described president Akufo-Addo as a listening president
- According to him, he found the president’s desire to cut down the size of his government after Ghanaians demanded refreshing
- Akufo-Addo released a list of 46 Ministers for his second term on Thursday
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Koku Anyidoho, the founder of the Atta Mills Institute, has praised President Nana Akufo-Addo for moving to drastically cut down the size of his government in his second term in office.
President Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 21, 2021, announced that he intends to have 46 Ministers in his second term.
He presented the list of the Ministers-designate to Parliament on the same day to kick in the vetting and approval processes.
It concludes 30 Ministers and 16 Regional Ministers, eight being women—six Ministers and two Regional Ministers.
Also, as part of his quest to cut down on his government size, the president scrapped the contentious Senior Minister Office as well as all the seven special Ministries he created in his first term.
Commenting on the development, Anyidoho, the immediate past deputy general secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said in a tweet sighted by YEN.com.gh that: “President Akufo-Addo has kept his word - thinned his govt & shall have no Deputy Regional Ministers.”
“Let's pray this early positive move filters through the whole of his 2nd term so he can leave some solid legacies as we all strive to build the Better Ghana that we so deserve,” he added.
For him, it is good to have a listening president than “an obstinate one.”
President Akufo-Addo had in his first term 36 substantive ministers and seven ministers of the state overall.
He also had 48 deputy ministers, as well as 16 regional ministers and 16 deputy regional ministers, bringing the total number of ministers and deputy ministers to 123.
Akufo-Addo defeated John Mahama in the 2020 election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
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The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
He was sworn in on Thursday, January 7, 2021, for his second term before Ghanaians and dignitaries around the world amid a Supreme Court challenge to his victory by John Mahama, the flagbearer of the NDC in the election.
Mahama wants a rerun of the election between him and Akufo-Addo, stating that there was no winner contrary to the outcome declared by the Electoral Commission.
But, President Akufo-Addo rejected Mahama’s assertion that the presidential race should have gone to a runoff, describing it as “noise”
Over 13 million Ghanaians voted in the Monday, December 7, 2021, election that saw him secure a second mandate.
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