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Ghana's President decides the country needs 110 ministers

Ghana's President  decides the country needs 110 ministersGhana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has set a record at least in his country for appointing 110 ministers. Fifty-six of them are full ministers, while fifty are deputy ministers, with the remaining four are ministers of state.

In contrast, Nigeria has thirty-five ministers and Britain has a total of 120 ministers for a population of about 65 million.

Akufo-Addo, who was elected last December on a manifesto to fix a host of economic problems and fight corruption, said the appointments were necessary.

But critics believed that it was too much, describing the size of government as the elephant for a country like Ghana.

It is the largest government since the country of about 27 million inhabitants adopted a democratic constitution in 1992.

"I’m aware that people are concerned about what they see as maybe the cost of this large government,” Akufo-Addo admitted in an interview on national television.

"It is a necessary investment to make for the rapid transformation of this country. Ministers are coming to work, it’s not going to be a holiday,” he said.

But the opposition party is less convinced about the benefit of having such a big government.

"We’re confronted with an elephant size of government and Akufo-Addo has proven that he’s a politician rather than a president,” said Haruna Iddrisu, leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament.

Akufo-Addo, who promised to cut superfluous government spending, has hit back at his opponents claiming it is a necessary investment for Ghana.

Parliamentary sources told Reuters that top government appointees receive monthly salaries of about $4,000 in addition to at least two cars, free fuel, a house, free utilities and personal protection.

Government spokesman Nana Akomea said criticism would stop if the government delivers on its ambitious agenda.
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