A former Regional Minister under John Mahama’s Presidency, Professor Ephraim Nsoh Aveah, has thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for not appointing Deputy Regional Ministers, suggesting that he cuts down further the number of ministers by appointing just one deputy to all ministries.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC ) stalwart, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TEERE, a Civil Society Organization, had in 2018 proposed the abolition of the appointment of deputy regional ministers , insisting that they played no role in the administration of regions but only added to government expenditure.
Now following President Akufo-Addo’s decision not to appointment deputy regional ministers in his second term, Prof Nsoh Aveah has shown appreciation for the move while stressing that the President’s resolve to appoint 85 ministers is still rather high since, in his opinion, 26 ministers can help the President run the country.
“Thank your Excellency, for taking the bold step to eliminate deputy regional Ministers from your team. We think you should take a bolder step to either eliminate or appoint one deputy minister to every sector Ministry. We think it’s not only a waste of our meager resources but in most cases, such appointments result in the politicization of ministries. Our position is that technocrats such as Chief Directors or Coordinating Directors can do all the functions that deputy Ministers do. Ghana can be run with 16 regional ministers and 10 sector ministers. We don’t need 85 ministers,” he argued in a post sighted by MyNewsGh.com.
Meanwhile the President has named a total of 46 Ministers-designate for approval by Parliament before they are appointed.