Nii Amartei Amartey, a lecturer in political science at the University of Professional Studies – Accra (UPSA), has recommended President Akufo-Addo not to replace Ministers who leave his government.
The professor’s statement follows the resignation of the present administration’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen.
According to sources close to the Minister, he submitted his letter of resignation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 5, 2023.
It is thought that Mr. Kyerematen made this decision so he could concentrate on pursuing his presidential aspirations.
On Friday, January 6, 2023, Mr. Amartey said that President Akufo-Addo should leverage the resignation of his appointees to reduce the size of his administration.
According to him, Ghanaians are saddled with the huge size of the current administration adding that appointees resigning to pursue other ambitions must not be replaced.
“Already we are calling for a cut in the bloated government of Nana Akufo-Addo. So I wish nobody is brought upon to take over. He will have worked with the technocrat and with a plan for the whole term. So the job will certainly continue with or without a minister.
“There is a deputy minister there he could take up the job and then could be assisted by the technocrat. I really don’t want to support the idea of an additional head or person being added to the Akufo-Addo government, honestly. The deputy minister can take over but I think all deputies must be scrapped because of obvious reasons that we are crying over affairs,” he added.
“Remember, we’re asking for the resignation of half the government,” he said.
I hope more people will quit before the competition.
So that they won’t be replaced, we can get the greatest deal, and we can use the money they may have earned to better ourselves.