The president of Ghanaian policy think tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, believes government’s realignment of some ministries and introduction of new ones such as the Ministry for Railways Development is misplaced.
Mr. Cudjoe’s criticism were made when he was Speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, about the high number of ministries under the Nana Akufo-Addo government which currently stands at 25 with more expected to be added.
The Ministry of Transport, Ministry for Railways Development and Ministry for Roads and Highways were singled out by the political expert which he described as “a festival of Ministries for a single monolithic entity.”
“The Ministry of Railway Development is entirely needless because what you do need for railway development is money. You need $2 billion in order to fix the railway,” he said.
“How you go about it is to speak to the heavy users of railways. So miners; let them get involved and help you raise money. Cocoa producers; let them get involved and help you raise money and then you are gone. You don’t need a ministry to integrate railway development,” he explained.
Mr. Cudjoe further suggested that, what was needed was the proper influence of the private sector and the most practical approach, in his view, is to ensure that beneficiaries of the railway put together that funding.
The latest list of ministerial nominees revealed that, there will be two new ministries introduced under the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration, namely the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, and the Ministry of Re-organisation and Special Projects, in addition to the new National Security Ministry which is backed by law.
Out of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, a new Ministry to be known as the Ministry for Sanitation and Water Resources has also been created leaving the Works and Housing Ministry on its own.