Opposition Criticizes Akufo-Addo’s Last-Minute Cabinet Shuffle as Too Little

In a scathing response to President Akufo-Addo’s recent ministerial reshuffle, the Minority in Parliament has condemned the move as a desperate attempt to salvage a seven-year record of failed governance. The reshuffle, announced in a statement to Parliament on February 14, 2024, is viewed by the opposition as an “injury time remix” that lacks inspiration and is unlikely to address the deep-seated issues facing Ghana.

The Minority argues that the reshuffle, occurring just nine months before the government’s exit, is inadequate to remedy the economic challenges and hardships inflicted on the Ghanaian people during Akufo-Addo and Alhaji Bawumia’s tenure. According to Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, these “injury time reserves” who have been on the bench for over seven years are unlikely to make a significant impact in the remaining months.

The opposition’s critique emphasizes the government’s track record, characterized by excessive borrowing, unsustainable debt levels, economic crises, high taxation, poor governance, and allegations of corruption. They accuse the administration of engaging in reckless expenditures and siphoning state resources into the private pockets of government appointees, further asserting that the government has been marred by nepotism and cronyism.

Notably, the Minority recalls President Akufo-Addo’s previous resistance to reshuffling his Cabinet, even in the face of demands from nearly 100 NPP Members of Parliament and widespread public calls for change. The opposition maintains that a more effective solution to the challenges faced by Ghanaians would have been for both President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Alhaji Bawumia to resign.

As the political landscape heats up with criticisms and counterarguments, the nation awaits the outcomes of this last-minute reshuffle and its potential impact on Ghana’s future. The minority’s call for resignations underscores the depth of discontent within the political spectrum, setting the stage for intensified debates in the months leading up to the government’s exit.

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