Former President John Dramani Mahama has promised to use only 60 ministers to run his government should he be elected the President of Ghana again.
He said the current government has ruined the country by running with over 86 ministers and their deputies, which is expensive for the nation.
The former President Mahama gave the promise when commenting on the recent appointments by President Nana Akufo-Addo when he visited the Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira Constituency of the Western Region.
The visit forms part of his bid to canvass votes to lead the National Democracy Congress (NDC) in the 2024 elections.
The recent appointments by the Akufo-Addo led government are Kobina Tahir Hammond as the Minister for Trade and Industry, Bryan Acheampong for Food and Agriculture, Stephen Asamoah Boateng for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam as Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, Osei Bonsu Amoah as Minister of State at the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, and Dr. Stephan Amoah as Deputy Trade Minister.
The NDC’s primaries for both flagbearer and the parliamentary candidates will be held on Saturday, May 13 across all the 275 constituencies in the country.
“Looking at how the government has ruined the country, when NDC comes, we shall manage the country with not more than 60 ministers in order to reduce government expenditure,” Mr. Mahama said in Twi.
He added that the excessive trips by government appointees with expensive budget would be curtailed because the government must be lenient to the people of Ghana.
The Member of Parliament for Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira Constituency, Kofi Arko Nokoe, recounted how difficult it was for him to wrestle the seat from the then New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, Catherine Abelema Afeku, who was then a cabinet Minister.
He said he suffered to wrestle the seat so they are willing to do everything to retain the seat in the 2024 elections.
“This is a seat which is very difficult to win but in 2020, we wrestled it from the NPP. In 2016 after the election, the NDC power went down in the constituency. In 2018, I went to the party and told them I could wrestle it because everyone was afraid of the then NPP MP. I went round the constituency and I realized Axim was the challenge so if we are able to break that challenge, we shall win the seat,” Mr. Nokoe recounted.