The managing editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt has described the factors surrounding the president's appointment of 110 ministers as a 'pirate mentality.'
According to him, this situation stems from persons whose support during a political party's campaign period prior to their coming into power, require rewards for their sponsorships.
He indicated that these individuals expect that once the party emerges as the ruling government, they should be awarded contracts or given appointments.
According to a Peace FM Online report, Kwesi Pratt was speaking on Radio Gold's Alhaji and Alhaji show when he said the president's appointment of the 110 ministers point to the said 'pirate mentality.'
"The constitution has not been violated but I think there is still something wrong. This appointment reflects the weight of pressure that is being put on the President…there is massive pressure no matter the party which wins the election by supporters and sympathizers to be given something. The pirate mentality is deeply entrenched in our politics; that is where the problem is. I helped you to come to power, therefore, I need to be rewarded. This is the bottom of the issue.
It is the extent to which leaders are able to handle that pressure that shows leadership qualities…indeed this is the highest number of ministers in our history; not in the fourth republic. It, therefore, means that pressure which stems out from a pirate mentality has been worst managed this time. 110 ministers are too many given our current circumstance. I don’t know what the president can do about it but if he is leading a listening government, he must watch out," Mr Pratt said.
Kwesi Pratt further asked the president to stand his ground and meet the challenges head on.
Meanwhile, the majority leader and minister of parliamentary affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has assured that the president's appointments will be justified once the work of the government has begun.
Mensah-Bonsu stated that the government should not be assessed on its size but rather the efficiency with which it will perform.