Dr. Ransford Gyampo, a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana political science department, and governance expert has argued that President Akufo-Addo's re-introduction of the Senior Minsterial position is 'unnecessary.'
On Tuesday, January 10, President Nana Addo named Yaw Osafo-Marfo as senior minister designate during the press briefing to list the nominees for the various ministries.
The Senior minister is tasked with overseeing the activities of the other heads of ministries, ensuring efficiency throughout the various departments.
The position was first introduced under former president Kufuor's administration, but once the NDC came into power under the late president Mills, and former president Mahama administrations, the position was scraped.
Speaking in an interview with Starr FM, Dr. Gyampo wondered if Osafo Marfo would play the role of a Chief of Staff.
"I know all the ministers…have their activities coordinated by the Chief of Staff. But if you have a senior minister and then also you have an executive secretary to the president and you also have a chief of staff, it duplicates role and creates some confusion," he said.
He stated that in his view, the position is not necessary. Nevertheless, he said he was impressed with the number of young faces appointed in Akufo-Addo's administration.
He stated, "...penchant for gerontocracy, the practice where we feel that there is wisdom only in old age will gradually give way for a kind of an arrangement that would ensure we mentor many young people that would be able to take over the reins of governance and leadership from the current crop of political leaders.”
He further expressed his excitement about the prospects for the youth, noting that if the future really belongs to the youth, then they should be prepared and develop for the future.