A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana Professor Ransford Gyampo has loaded on the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) over its willingness to reshuffle underperforming ministers in the wake of the economic turmoil.
Professor Gyampo wondered about the adamant posture of the Akufo-Addo-led administration not to reshuffle its ministers despite the current economic situation.
To him, reshuffling to introduce competent persons to manage the affairs will help salvage the Ghanaian people from the unprecedented hardships; therefore, there is a need to.
The Political Science lecturer also urged the governing New Patriotic Party to take a page from John Mahama’s book to rescue the nation.
“The government won’t bring on board its own men, through reshuffle, to help. It won’t also emulate the John Mahama Senchi approach to resolve the current crisis. But clearly, our winner-knows-all politics has been a monumental failure,” Professor Gyampo said in a social media post on Monday.
His remark follows that of former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, who discussed the timing and significance of rearranging ministers of state during a speech at the International Economic Affairs (IEA) forum.
“I didn’t reshuffle just for the frequency of it; no. The president’s role is like the coach; not just a team leader. You have to know what your ministers are doing, whether they are being positive or whether they’re just being average when you expect more from them.
And you should have the courage to say you don’t belong here, go there, or perhaps sit aside, and that thing should not be seasonal; it should be continuous,” Kufuor, 83, said.
In August this year, President Akufo-Addo insisted that he evaluates the work of his ministers consistently.
According to him, many of his appointees have discharged their duties excellently.
“Their output has been considerable, and that is what I look at.”
“If the output measures expectations, then I don’t have any strong reasons to heed the call,” he added.
The President also believes calls for a reshuffle sometimes have ulterior motives.
“The calls come for all kinds of reasons; NDC wanting to destabilise the government is one. There are people who are also looking for jobs,” Akufo-Addo noted.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana