Just days after Ghana celebrated its 60th independence anniversary, newly elected president Nana Akufo -Addo has come under fire for running what is termed as an “elephant size” government.
The government has defended itself against the accusation this after new appointments announced on Wednesday, brought the number of ministers and deputy ministers to 110.
Minority leader in parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, came out guns blazing saying that the cabinet will feed on the public purse.
But in response, information minister Mustapha Hamid told reporters,” we never promised a lean government.”
Adding that the size of the government was necessary to assist the president’s ambitious development agenda.
President Akufo- Addo was sworn-in in January . He campaigned on the promise of revitalizing Ghana’s ailing economy.
In his inaugural state of the nation address last month, the president admitted that Ghana’s economy was in bad shape, but he would press on with plans to create jobs, cut the budget deficit and improve sustainable agriculture.