Muntaka Mubarak, the Minority Chief Whip and member of parliament for Asawase has expressed shock at the total size of President Akufo-Addo's government.
Muntaka Mubarak was speaking to the press following Wednesday's parliament proceeding when he said, "For the first time in the history of the Fourth Republic, we are crossing the ninetieth mark…we are crossing the ninetieth mark. Check president Rawlings’ ministers, check president Kufuor’s ministers, check the late Atta Mills’ and John Dramani Mahama."
He further stated, "this is the biggest. It is so [shameful] we even heard that a minister of state at the presidency has a deputy. This is most ridiculous. Someone who is telling the whole country to tighten up their belt…[he’s] just adding on as if it is chaskeleke."
Mubarak is not the only member of the opposition to criticize the full cabinet of the new government, as the general secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Asiedu Nketiah had earlier fumed over the number of ministerial appointees.
According to Asiedu Nketiah, the new government had disappointed the Ghanaian people since they had promised a lean government and yet ended up with a “bigger government."
Meanwhile, Mustapha Hamid, the minister of communications has refuted these criticisms by the opposition, stating that the NPP had never promised a 'lean' government.
According to Mr Hamid, it is not the size of the government that will determine the efficiency with it which it will execute its duties.
Akufo-Addo's total ministerial cabinet amounts to 110 ministers, making his government the largest in the Fourth Republic. The previous Mahama administration had 78 ministerial appointments while former President Kufuor's government had 88 ministers and the Mills administration with 69 ministerial appointees.