The flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has announced his intention to cut the number of Ministers in his government to 40 should he be elected president.
There are currently 72 Ministers including Deputy ministers and Regional ministers on the payroll of the government.
Although the constitution states that most Ministers have to be appointed from Parliament, it doesn’t place a cap on the number of Minister who can be appointed, something Dr. Nduom wishes to capitalise on.
“We will reduce the number of Minsters of State to 40 and when I say 40, counting all of them, whether they are in the region, there they are a deputy or whether they are the Minister of State,” Dr. Nduom said.
“That will be made possible because we will rely on the professional civil service,” the PPP flagbearer added as the party launched its Presidential policy team in Accra on Monday.
The PPP flagbearer also expressed optimism that Ghana will be able to attain first world status within a generation under the party’s governance.
“We want, through our leadership of this country, to move from a third world nation to a first world one by working with a great sense of duty and urgency within one generation,” Dr. Nduom said.
The PPP has been very vocal about its plans of creating a more inclusive government ahead of the polls.
Papa Kwesi Nduom has stated on several platforms that he would appoint people, regardless of their political leanings who could contribute to the country’s development.
“We are committed to running an inclusive government using the best men and women no matter where they come from, no matter what their religion is, no matter their party affiliation. We want the best for Ghana and only the best and selfless will serve in our administration,” Dr. Nduom said when he was affirmed as the PPP presidential candidate in July.
The Executive Director of Mentoring Women Ghana (MWG), Brigitte Dzogbenuku was recently named as the running-mate for the party’s flagbearer.
According to Director of Operations of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu, the appointment of Brigitte, who had not publicly in support of any political party before PPP’s announcement was consistent with the party’s all-inclusive agenda.
“She [Brigitte] is a wonderful personality, She isn’t a traditional politician and is someone who has dedicated the last few years to helping the people. She’s set up NGOs to help women, in particular, the disenfranchised,” Nana Ofori Owusu told Citi FM
“Such a person with such a mind and such a spirit, we believe is consistent with the ideals that PPP is always talking about; an all-inclusive government. We will not hesitate to bring Ghanaians on board who are not PPP. The concept of the Winner takes all mentality you only use people from one party or the other, we want to diffuse that.”
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana