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Cutting down number of ministers to about 60 will save us – Kojo Bonsu

Wednesday, 22 February 2023 00:00
A flagbearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kojo Bonsu, has added his voice to calls for the government to reduce the current tally of ministers in the country. Speaking in an interview with Benjamin Akakpo on the AM Show on Monday, the presidential hopeful expressed dissatisfaction with the number of ministers in the current Akufo-Addo regime. According to him, the present number, which lurks around 106 should be downsized to about 60 to 65 ministers. This he said will help in efforts to restore the economy; adding that if he himself were elected into office, that would be an approach he will consider in salvaging the economy. “…With economic stability, I’ll put in what I call industrial agriculture. When all these things are done, Ghana will be better off. “And also we cut unnecessary expenditure. And also cut down ministers. At the moment we have about 106 ministers. We can bring it down to 60-65. It will save us”, he said. “I’ll bring it down”, he added; indicating his intentions if he were elected as the NDC’s next flagbearer and subsequently the president of Ghana. In recent times, suggestions for government to cut down on the number of ministers in the wake of the prevailing economic crisis, have been rife. The Minority in Parliament, civil society organisations, finance experts, as well as a host of other well-meaning individuals have all been impressing upon the president to reduce the size of government to give some relief to the national purse. These calls have however, not been heeded by the president. But the former mayor of Kumasi believes that a reduction in the number of ministers is a giant step towards rescuing the economy. Meanwhile, Kojo Bonsu has stressed the need for the country to prioritise five key issues in its quest to develop. These, he said, include unity, peace, national security, economic stability and discipline. In his view, once these areas are well developed, the lot of citizens will become better. source:

Vetting of ministers: I’ll cut my salary if you do same – Dr Stephen Amoah tells Minority Leader

Wednesday, 22 February 2023 00:00
The Deputy Minister-designate for Trade and Industry, Dr Stephen Amoah, says he will accept a reduction in his salary if the Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, is willing to do same. In recent times, there have been calls for government appointees to consider a reduction in their salaries to help salvage the economy. On the back of this, the Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, during the vetting of the nominee, asked Dr Amoah if he would like to take a salary cut in the interest of the public purse. But responding to this, Dr Stephen Amoah said he will embrace the suggestion only if the NDC lawmaker will do same. “Mr Chairman, I think I said something here; my knowledgeable Dr Ato Forson and I, the only difference is the height. “So the way we are brothers if he sees me on the corridor and he says brother, let us cut [our salaries] and he cuts his, I will cut mine”, Dr Amoah said. Dr Stephen Amoah who is also the Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso, was nominated as the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry by President Akufo-Addo on February 7, this year. If approved, he will deputise Adansi-Asokwa MP, K.T. Hammond who was vetted yesterday as the substantive minister for the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Meanwhile, Tamale Central MP, Murtala Mohammed, has expressed concern about President Akufo-Addo’s new appointments to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The Tamale Central MP indicated that due to the temperaments of the two politicians, it is not prudent for them to be under one roof. According to him, putting the two lawmakers together may also affect work at the Ministry. “We should pray they don’t exchange blows. That’s what I think. These are two very complex individuals. Very, very complex … You are talking of two very complex individuals who are going to work at the same ministry. “I know honourable K.T. Hammond. He is a no-nonsense man. There are certain things he won’t tolerate under any circumstance. And I know my good friend, ‘Dr. Sticker’. When his name was mentioned, we all rose. We were happy for him. “But frankly speaking [not] at that ministry, more so one of the most important, if not the most important ministry”, the MP said on Accra-based 3FM on February 8. source:

Vetting of ministers: Answer my questions and stop the jokes – Agbodza cautions K. T. Hammond

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00
The Minority Chief Whip, Kwame Governs Agbodza, has advised the Minister-designate for Trade and Industry to be more serious when appearing before a committee such as Parliament’s Appointment Committee. Kobina Tahir Hammond, who was recently nominated by President Akufo-Addo to head the Ministry of Trade and Industry, faced Parliament earlier today to be vetted accordingly. Some of his responses during the process were however deemed as being too casual; stirring up reservations amongst some members of the Committee. One of such displeased members was the Minority Chief Whip who queried the nominee over his purported lack of seriousness in answering the questions posed to him by members of the Committee. “Mr. Chairman, we know he’s very jovial, but when you look at the country what is happening in the country right now, the public expects this engagement to be very serious. “So I will plead with you once again to answer my questions. I’m not here to joke. We can joke when we get to the other side of Parliament, answer the questions and stop the jokes”, Mr Agbodza queried. In reaction to this caution, K. T. Hammond indicated that as far as he is concerned, life is too short and therefore issues should not be treated with too much seriousness. “When we started, I was laughing and Chief Whip warned me it is national television, I shouldn’t joke and all that. I think that life is too short, we shouldn’t be so serious about everything. That is why I am always laughing”, he stated. The NPP lawmaker however added that despite his jovial nature, he cannot entertain diabolic gestures directed at him. If approved, K. T. Hammond will serve as the substantive Minister for Trade and Industry, taking over for Mr Alan Kyeremanten who resigned earlier this year. He will be deputised by Nhyiaeso MP, Dr Stephen Amoah, who has also been nominated by the President in a letter dated February 7, which was read by the Speaker of Parliament, announcing the President’s new appointees. Meanwhile, the Minority has expressed its displeasure with the new appointments. It has subsequently announced its intentions to thoroughly scrutinise the new appointees when they appear before the Appointment Committee. “A couple of weeks ago, the President announced names of nominees for Ministerial appointments. The vetting commenced this morning. “We in the Minority wish to make it clear that we remain committed to ensuring greater scrutiny and will spare no effort to protect the public purse. “In line with this, we are taking part in the vetting process so that at the very minimum, we can scrutinize the President’s decision in bringing up those nominees. “However, the Minority will not subscribe to a consensus vote at the level of the Appointments Committee. This will ensure that the matter is brought before the full House for a vote to be taken in secret”, the statement from the Minority on Monday emphasised. Source:

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Clarifies Akufo-Addo's "I'm Not Sure Aisha Haung Was Deported" Comment

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00
President Akufo-Addo is under fire for allegedly admitting he doesn't know whether or not 'galamsey queen' Aisha Haung was deported. President Akufo-Addo remarked in an interview on a Ho-based radio station on Monday, as part of his trip of the Volta Region, "I'm still not sure whether she was actually deported." Or whether she left the country the first time and has returned. There still appears to be some doubt about it. But, in any case, she's become a sort of mascot for everything galamsey symbolizes."

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