Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is perturbed about the many duplicate ministries under the leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo causing bewilderment.
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa described such ministries milking the nation dry as “needless”
Appearing on Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV on Friday, January 13, 2023, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmaker could not fathom the decision to create and maintain several duplicate ministries despite the country’s financial muscle.
“Why should we have separate ministries for Information and Communication?” Mr. Ablakwa quizzed.
“Separate ministries for Railway Development and Transport?” Adding that “I will put all of them together including Roads and Highway”
Ghana has the Ministry of Health, however, according to the North Tongu legislator, “When Covid-19 occurred we went to create a Secretariat at the Presidency and the Auditor General reveals that they spent 12.6 million in 2021, for what? Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health they couldn’t handle Covid-19?”
“Already, we had a special task force led by the celebrated former World Health Organization Deputy boss. Wasn’t that adequate?” he wondered at the government’s decision.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa further commended Parliament for rejecting budget allocations to certain secretariats they deem inappropriate.
“We [the government] said we have collapsed the Minister of Special Development Initiative only to discover that we have gone to create its secretariat at the Presidency and I’m glad that we eventually collapsed it during the budget approval process,” he noted.