A founding member and former Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe has criticised the creation of six new ministerial portfolios by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo describing them as ‘unnecessary’ and not good for Ghana’s finances.
Mr Akufo-Addo, in his first week as President, nominated 36 persons as ministers-designate to be vetted by parliament.
Six of the appointees were to serve as ministers for the newly created portfolios of Monitoring and Evaluation; Planning and Infrastructural Development; Inner City and Zongo Development; Business Development; Regional Reorganization and Development; and Special Development Initiatives, a decision which received much criticism.
Though the President explained that the ministers for the six new portfolios were essentially ministers of state who will be operating directly from the Office of the President, Dr Tamakloe feels that the ministerial set up of the previous government would have been sufficient enough for President Akufo-Addo to achieve his goals.
Sharing his thoughts on these new portfolios in an interview with Joy News TV on Wednesday, he said, “I don’t think they are necessary because most of the ministries are there already”.
According to him, the creation of the six new portfolios was just a drain on the nation’s resources which Mr Akufo-Addo should have avoided since he promised to protect the national purse.
“I believe President Akufo-Addo made it clear that we are going to have a lean government but we now have 46 with the regional ministers and I don’t think it’s good for the national purse. It’s too much for the budget”, Dr Tamakloe who was suspended from the party early last year over alleged conducts of his which were against the unity of the party.