Nana Akomea, the director of communications at the New Patriotic Party (NPP) headquarters, has thrown light on why President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed 110 ministers of state.
Several Ghanaians have taken to social condemn the president for the appointments, which they say will cause pubic funds to go waste.
They include Dzifa Bampoe, a news anchor with Accra-based Joy FM, who launched a blistering criticism of the president over the appointments
Some Ghanaians have indicated that it will cost GHC20 million a year to pay the salaries of all the 110 ministers and deputy ministers.
This does not include the two vehicles (a 4x4 and a saloon car) that each minister will get and other perks that come with their job.
But in a reaction on Facebook, Nana Akomea acknowledged that the size of Akufo-Addo's government was big.
He said it was largest in the fourth republic and that the numbers of ministers in all the previous administrations never crossed 90.
Akomea said Ghanaians, including political parties in opposition, have always called for trimming of ministerial numbers as part of general belt tightening in the country and a show of leadership by example at the highest levels of government.
However, he defended the president's decision to hire the 110 ministers because of what he said was Akufo-Addo's huge vision to industrialise Ghana's economy.
He said the vision is so big that the 110 ministers are needed to implement it successfully.
"The vision of one factory per district, comprehensive free SHS, comprehensive irrigation in the north, one million extra dollars per constituency, special prosecutor, etc, offers the country the real chance to industrialize, provide jobs to the teeming youth on a sustainable basis, move agriculture from peasant levels to real agric business, stabilise the cedi on a sustainable basis, aggressively meet the basic developmental needs of our deprived communities, tame inflation, tame corruption, and generally move this country onto the cherished new paradigm of progress and development.
"President Akufo-Addo believes he needs these numbers of appointees to deliver," he wrote
He said if Akufo-Addo delivers on his promises, many Ghanaians will not remember the size of his government.
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