Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidoho has said President Nana Akufo Addo is trying to satisfy party members by making ‘indiscriminate’ appointments as he’ll be in power for one term.
According to him, the President is trying to fix as many people as he can before he leaves office in the next three years lest he’s accused of not doing much for his people at the end of his reign.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed 110 ministers in total, making his government the biggest in the Fourth Republic.
The previous NPP government led by former President John Kufuor had 88 ministers while the Mills administration that succeeded it had 69 ministerial appointees. The Mahama administration, however, had 78 ministerial appointments.
The appointments have been met with mixed reaction from the public. Whereas some believe the size does not matter but results is what is most important, others are of the view that the appointees will be a drain on state coffers.
But Koku Anyidoho who has slammed Akufo Addo for his ‘elephant’ size government stated that the appointments smacks of incompetence when it comes to forming a government.
“Nana Akufo Addo knows he’ll be a one-term president so he needs to shower the positions so that each and every has his share. What is going on is a mark of a one-term president. The NPP has made governance unattractive, distributing positions like confetti, what are these nominees going to do. I’ve heard people faught for ministerial positions becuase of the ex-gratia they’ll receive at the end of their tenure.”
He added: “When I opened the newspapers and saw the published pictures of many men and women, I initially thought they were armed robbers who had been arrested or lost and found persons.
I watched carefully again and saw the caption..more deputy ministerial nominees and I said hey…where are we heading towards as a country.”