Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has bemoaned President Nana Akufo-Addo's decision to appoint a 110 minister strong government, the largest number in the history of the Ghanaian republic.
According to Mr. Kwesi Pratt, compared to previous administrations, President Akufo-Addo hasn't handled the pressures that come with the highest office of the land well. He stated that even the Chinese government was in a better position to appoint numerous ministers as due to the many challenges it's faced with compared to that of the current administration.
He further referred to President Akufo-Addo's decision to appoint this many ministers for his government is unthinkable, and that it makes him the worst leader in history.
"I mean the huge progress that China made and so on is slowing down, Look at the population of China( a quarter of the World’s population, look at the land mass of China and so on), thus on the basis of this, the decision by Akufo-Addo to go for an elephant sized government makes him the worst leader in history."
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“…Different leaders at different levels and to varying degrees demonstrated a capacity to manage this pirate mentality. So we can say that President Mills managed this pirate mentality much better than Akufo-Addo is."
"It is the extent to which leaders are able to resist pressure in the national interest which shows different qualities.
The pressure that Nana Akufo-Addo is under, President John Mahama came under the same pressure, President Mills came under the same Pressure, President Kufuor came under the same pressure but some managed to manage that pressure better than others. Indeed this is the highest number of Ministers in our history. It therefore means that that pressure which spins out of a pirate mentality, have been worst managed this time.”
Responding to public criticism over the size of his government, President Nana Akufo Addo said that the decision to appoint 110 ministers is partly due to the challenges the Ghanaian economy is facing.
“I don’t believe that my government in the Fourth Republic has big numbers in view of the swollen challenges,” President Akufo-Addo said in an interview with the Daily Graphic.
“These are the background and the circumstances that were facing my government and the people of Ghana, hence they need a new paradigm shift to solve the problems.
“We have a problem and what is the best way? It is better to have men and women capable of serving the nation’s interests and to work to grow the economy…If I succeed, you will soon find out the brouhaha is nothing compared to the success," said President Akufo-Addo.
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