Joe Ghartey, a former Justice Minister and Attorney General who is vying to lead the NPP, has said that if elected president of Ghana, he will choose only 60 ministers.
He disclosed this during an interview with Umara Sanda on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, which was monitored by Ghanatodayonline.com.
He claims that his cabinet will have a maximum of sixty ministers.
This was in answer to a query that called the 111-minister first term cabinet of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo “bloated.”
Joe Ghartey disagreed with the idea, claiming that the size of government ideology of President Akufo-Addo resulted in 9% economic growth during his first term.
He continued by saying that when he was requested to design the legal document establishing the new ministry during President Kufuor’s administration, he questioned the president about the necessity of forming a Ministry of Aviation.
According to what he stated the president remarked, one method a government might concentrate on a certain industry is to isolate that sector and establish a ministry to manage it.
Joe Ghartey said that it was obvious that this was the goal of President Akufo- Addo’s creation of the Ministry of Railways Development, for instance.
He continued by saying that if the ministry had remained a division of the Ministry of Transportation, it would not have gotten the same kind of attention as it is now under President Akufo-Addo.
According to the former second deputy speaker of parliament, there has never been a time since independence when there has been as much railroad building, with more than 200 kilometers presently being built.
The NPP candidate for president claimed that due to the current situation, he has a different ideology and would have a lot smaller government.
He declared categorically that the overall number of ministers in his ministry, which would comprise 16 regional ministers and 19 members of the cabinet, would not exceed 60.