Bagbin slams Mahama, et al over frequent reshuffle

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has slammed President John Mahama and his predecessors over the frequent reshuffle of ministers, especially in the health sector.

According to the former Health Minister, the frequent reshuffle is a cause of the nation’s under-development which has also contributed to the constant strikes in some sectors.

“Sometimes, I don’t understand our Presidents. And I have spoken to all of them — Rawlings, Kufuor and Mahama. Why do they think the good people of Ghana gave them four years to make a difference and they want their ministers to use one year in their sectors to make a difference?” he asked in an interview with the Daily Graphic.

Hon. Bagbin added if reshuffles were too frequent appointees did not get enough time to transform the sectors they were assigned to.

He said the health sector for instance has 72 different professional groups, each one of which has an association and it takes more than a year for a minister to get used to them.

“It takes more than a year for the minister to get to know them, and knowing them means getting to meet their leadership, listening to them, getting to know their problems, physically visiting them and inspecting things for yourself to give you a holistic picture in order to be a worthy representative, so that when you speak, you speak from facts,” he said.

“No wonder our health sector is like this; no wonder they do not have conditions of service.

“In 2009, Sipa Yankey was the Health Minister; in 2010, Kunbuor; 2011, Yieleh Chireh; 2012, Bagbin; 2013, Sherry Ayitey; 2014, Agyeman Mensah and 2015, Segbefia. What can they do?” he asked.