Four early mistakes of Akufo-Addo's presidency

Four early mistakes of Akufo-Addo's presidency

President Nana Akufo-Addo ran on a mantra of change, pledging to turn things around for the country.

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But his presidency has been hit by a few initial missteps which have got many Ghanaians talking.

1. Plagiarism Scandal

Early mistakes of Akufo-Addo's presidency

The plagiarising of his inaugural speech was not the best way to begin his administration, as it created bad press for Ghana internationally.

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2. Mahama bungalow brouhaha

Early mistakes of Akufo-Addo's presidency

Akufo-Addo agreed in principle for former President John Mahama to keep his bungalow. He even asked Mahama to make his request formal by putting it in writing. However, following the public backlash that the request generated, Akufo-Addo appeared to drag his feet on the deal, prompting Mahama to withdraw his request.

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3. Creation of new ministries

Early mistakes of Akufo-Addo's presidency

Akufo-Addo has created five ministries and reordered others. The effect is that he will have more ministries that the previous administration had. This may not augur well for his pledge to protect the public purse, as more money will be required to finance these new ministries.

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4. Redundancy

Early mistakes of Akufo-Addo's presidency

The nature of Akufo-Addo's appointments suggest that some positions will be redundant or there will at least be turf wars among his employees.

For instance, there is a national security minister, a national security adviser, a national security coordinator, a minister for interior and a minister for defence. The functions of these five positions are bound to overlap.

At the Flagstaff House, there is a chief of staff, two deputies and a director of operations and a senior minister. The same challenge of overlapping functions arises.

Aside from that, Akufo-Addo has had a really good transition and has appointed very competent ministers to help achieve his vision of change.

What do you make of this? Share your views with us in the comments section.

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Four early mistakes of Akufo-Addo's presidency

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