Ghana’s President defends appointing ‘elephant-size’ government of 110 ministers.


Ghana’s President has come under fire for appointing an “elephant size” government of 110 ministers.

Nana Akufo-Addo, who promised to cut superfluous government spending, has hit back at his opponents and said this was “a necessary investment” for the small country off Africa’s western coast.

The appointment this week of 50 deputy ministers and four ministers of state in addition to the existing 56 roles make it a record for Ghana and the largest government since the country, of about 27 million inhabitants, adopted a democratic constitution in 1992.
“I’m aware that people are concerned about what they see as maybe the cost of this large government,” Akufo-Addo admitted in an interview on national television.

“It is a necessary investment to make for the rapid transformation of this country” he said and added that ministers “are coming to work, it is not going to be a holiday”.

Akufo-Addo was elected in December on a manifesto to fix a host of economic problems and fight corruption.

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