Mr Fraklin Cudjoe, the founder of think-tank, IMANI Ghana has descended on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for creating new ministries and appointing some persons to fill them.
According to him, the creation of such ministries is needless and a drain to state resources describing them as “festival of ministries.”
The President on Wednesday unveiled his second batch of ministerial nominees as presented to parliament for consideration including; Monitoring and Evaluation Minister-designate, Dr Anthony Osei Akoto, Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere, Dan Kwaku Botwe as Regional Re-organisation Minister-designate, and Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister-designate, Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.
The rest are Ignatius Baffuor Awuah as Employment and Labour Relations Minister-designate, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah as Transport Minister-designate, Kwesi Amoako Arthur as Roads and Highways Minister-designate.
NPP’s National Women Organiser, Otiko Afisa Djaba has been nominated as Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister-designate, Ablekuma West MP, Ursula Owusu as Communication Minister-designate, and Joseph Kofi Ada as Sanitation and Water Resources Minister-designate.
New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Volta Regional Minister, John Peter Amewu has been nominated as the Lands and Natural Resources Minister-designate, and former Attorney-General under erstwhile President John Kufuor, Joe Nana Ghartey as Railways Development Minister-designate.
A notable feature is the creation of three new ministries namely the Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry, Railways Development Ministry and Regional Re-organisation Ministry.
The President has said the Minister-designate for Regional Re-organisation would work on the creation of the three new regions he has promised during the 2016 campaign.
The governing NPP has promised to create four regions namely Oti Region from the Volta Region, Ahafo Region from the Brong Ahafo Region, a region from the Northern Region, and another region from the Western Region.
“I find it a bit strange…in spite of deciding that they are going to have regional belts something akin to the Savannah Development Authority (SADA). It is an exceeding drain on the resources,” he said,