110 Ministers! Akufo-Addo’s Govt Set to Become the Largest and Most Expensive in Ghana’s History

President Nana Akufo-Addo has named 54 more minister and deputy minister nominees to serve under his administration. This brings the number to a whopping 110 ministers – the highest in Ghana’s political history.

Per the appointments, some ministries will have more than one deputy minister, with three deputy ministers going to each of the Ministries of Finance, Information, Energy, Agriculture and Local Government.

The 54 new minister nominees were presented to the House of Parliament for vetting and approval via a letter from the President, addressed to the Speaker of the Parliament on Wednesday 15th March, 2017.

Among the new nominees is the Deputy Majority Leader, Adjoa Sarfo who is named for the position of Minister of State for Public Procurement.

Nana Addo’s 110 Ministers

Nana Addo’s 110 ministers comprises 26 heads of ministries, 14 ministers of state, 10 regional ministers, 10 deputy regional ministers, and 50 deputy ministers. The ministers are broken down below, according to their stages of appointment and different ministries of service.

36 Approved and Sworn-in Ministers

The president had previously nominated 36 ministers whose list came in three batches of 12, 13 and 11 ministers respectively. Vetting of the ministerial nominees was held between 20th January and 9th February, and they were sworn-in at the Flagstaff House on 27th January, 7th February and 10th February in their respective batches. Below is the full list of the 36 already sworn in ministers.

  1. Senior Minister – Yaw Osafo Marfo
  2. National Security Minister – Albert Kan Dapaah
  3. Trade and Industry Minister – Alan Kyeremateng
  4. Finance Minister – Ken Ofori Atta
  5. Minister of Agriculture – Dr. Akoto Osei Afriyie
  6. Energy Minister – Boakye Kyeremanten Agyarko
  7. Defence Minister – Dominic Nitiwul
  8. Foreign Affairs Minister – Shirley Ayorkor Botchway
  9. Interior Minister – Ambrose Dery
  10. Attorney General Minister – Gloria Akufo
  11. Local Government Minister – Hajia Alima Mahama
  12. Education Minister  — Mathew Opoku Prempeh
  13. Health Minister — Kwaku Agyemang-Manu
  14. Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation – Dr Anthony Akoto Osei
  15. Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Special Projects – Dan Kwaku Botwe
  16. Minister for Lands and Forestry – John Peter Amewu
  17. Minister for Gender and Social Protection – Otiko Afisah Djaba
  18. Minister for Employment and Labour Relations – Ignatius Baffour-Awuah
  19. Minister for Transport – Kwaku Ofori Asiamah
  20. Minister for Railways Development – Joe Nana Ghartey
  21. Minister for Roads and Highways – Kwesi Amoako-Atta
  22. Minister for Communications – Ursula Owusu Ekuful
  23. Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation – Joseph Kofi Adda
  24. Minister for Works and Housing – Samuel Atta Akyea
  25. Minister for Environment Science and Technology – Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng
  26. Minister for Planning  – Prof. Gyan Baffour
  27. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts – Catherine Ablema Afeku
  28. Minister of Information – Mustapha Hamid
  29. Minister for Special Development Initiative – Mavis Hawa Koomson
  30. Minister of Youth and Sports – Isaac Asiamah
  31. Minister of Fisheries– Elizabeth Afoley Quaye
  32. Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs – Kofi Dzamesi
  33. Minister of Aviation – Cecelia Dapaah
  34. Minister of Inner cities and Zongo Development- Abubakar Boniface Siddique
  35. Minister of Business Development- Awal Mohammed
  36. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs – Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu

10 Regional Ministers – Approved and Sworn-in

President Akufo-Addo also appointed 10 regional minister-nominees who appeared before the Parliament Appointments Committee for vetting from Tuesday, February 14 to Thursday, February 16. Their nomination were subsequently approved by the parliament on Friday, February 17 and they were sworn in on the evening of same day. Below is the full list.

  1. Dr. Kwaku Afriyie (Western Region)
  2. Mr. Simon Osei Mensah (Ashanti Region)
  3. Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour (Eastern Region)
  4. Mr. Ishmael Ashitey (Greater Accra Region)
  5. Dr. Archibald Letsa (Volta Region)
  6. Mr. Alhassan Suleiman (Upper West Region)
  7. Mr. Rockson  Bukari (Upper East Region)
  8. Mr. Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh (Brong Ahafo Region)
  9. Mr. Kwamena Duncan (Central Region)
  10. Mr. Salifu Sa-eed (Northern Region)

10 Deputy Regional Minister-nominees

Vetting of the deputy regional minister-nominees which was commenced on Tuesday, March 14, will end today, Thursday, March 16. Below are names of the deputies and their respective regions.

  1. Upper East Region – Frank Fuseini Adongo  (MP)
  2. Upper West Region – Amidu Ishaq
  3. Northern Region – Solomon Namliit Boar (MP)
  4. Brong Ahafo Region – Evans Opoku
  5. Ashanti Region – Elizabeth Agyeman
  6. Western Region  -Eugenia Gifty Kusi
  7. Eastern Region – Joseph Tetteh (MP)
  8. Central Region – Thomas Agyei Baffour
  9. Greater Accra Region – Elizabeth Kwatsoo Tetteh Sackey
  10. Volta Region – Maxwell Blagogee

4 New Ministers of State Nominees

Below are names of the new nominees to serve as ministers of state:

  1. Minister of State at the Office of the President in charge of Public Procurement – Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo
  2. Minister of State at the Office of the President  – Brian Acheampong
  3. Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture – Nurah Gyeile
  4. Minister of State at the Ministry of Education in charge of Tertiary Education –  Kwesi Yankah

50 Deputy Minister Nominees

Here are nominees to serve as deputy ministers at various ministries –

  1. Kwaku Kwarteng – Ministry of Finance
  2. Hon Abena Osei Asare – Ministry of Finance
  3. Charles Adu Boahen – Ministry of Finance
  4. Owuraku Aidoo – Ministry of Energy
  5. Joseph Cudjoe – Ministry of Energy
  6. Mohammed Amin Anta – Ministry of Energy
  7. Osei Bonsu Amoah – Ministry of Local Government and Rural Dev’t
  8. Collins Ntim – Ministry of Local Government and Rural Dev’t
  9. Kwasi Boateng Agyei – Ministry of Local Government and Rural Dev’t
  10. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – Ministry of Information
  11. Ama Dokuaa Asiamah Agyei – Ministry of Information
  12. Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto – Ministry of Information
  13. William Agyapong Quaitoo – Ministry of Agriculture
  14. Sagre Bambangi – Ministry of Agriculture
  15. George Oduro – Ministry of Agriculture
  16. Hon Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah – Ministry of Trade and Industry
  17. Robert Ahomka-Lindsey – Ministry of Trade and Industry
  18. Hon Kwabena Owusu Aduomi – Ministry of Roads and Highways
  19. Hon Anthony N-Yoh Puowele Karbo – Ministry of Roads and Highways
  20. Benito Owusu Bio – Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
  21. Barbara Oteng Gyasi – Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
  22. Freda Prempeh – Ministry of Works and Housing
  23. Eugene Antwi – Ministry of Works and Housing
  24. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum – Ministry of Education
  25. Barbara Ayisi Acher – Ministry of Education
  26. Godfred Dame – Office of Attorney General and Ministry of Justice
  27. Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka – Office of Attorney General and Ministry of Justice
  28. Hon Kingsley Aboagye – Ministry of Health
  29. Hon Gyedu Tina Mensah – Ministry of Health
  30. Kwaku Agyenim Boateng – Ministry of Railways Development
  31. Andy Appiah-Kubi – Ministry of Railways Development
  32. Mohammed Habbib Tijani – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
  33. Charles Owiredu – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
  34. George Andah – Ministry of Communications
  35. Vincent Sowah Odotei – Ministry of Communication
  36. Patrick Boamah – Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation
  37. Michael Yaw Gyato – Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation
  38. Maj. Derrick Oduro – Ministry of Defence
  39. Henry Quartey – Ministry of The Interior
  40. Patricia Appiagyei – Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation
  41. Martin Agyei-Mensah Korsah – Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and Development
  42. Nii Kwartei Titus Glover – Ministry of Transport
  43. Bright Wireko Brobbey – Ministry of Employment And Social Welfare
  44. Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe – Ministry of Fisheries And Aquaculture
  45. Kwabena O. Darko-Mensah – Ministry of Aviation
  46. Paul Essien – Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
  47. Gifty Twum Ampofo – Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
  48. Pius Enam Hadzide – Ministry of Youth And Sports
  49. Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi – Ministry of Tourism, Creative Arts And Culture
  50. William Kwasi Sabi – Ministry of Monitoring And Evaluation

Ghanaians React To Ministerial Appointments

President Nana Addo’s decision to appoint some 110 Ministers has generated huge criticisms among Ghanaians who have described the move as an outrageous one. Many Ghanaians who could not hide their dissatisfaction, took to various social media platforms to vent their grievances.

Many suggested that the President in most cases was rewarding party loyalty by giving out positions as a means of compensation to those who played one role or the other to see him as the president. A lot more complained about the impact the numerous appointments will have on state funds such as “more ministers-more V8s”!

Why Not One District-One Minister? – Asiedu Nketia

Just like many other Ghanaians, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has decried the appointment of 110 ministers by President Nana Addo. According to him, a large government is not a prerequisite for the realisation of NPP’s promised economic transformation.

Mr Nketia in an interview with Joy News, complained that the numerous appointments are going to put pressure on the national purse, as these persons must have to be provided with all the necessary services due to government officials.

Mocking Nana Addo’s “one this-one that” promises, the NDC Chief Scribe said “they should proceed to appoint one minister, one district and one minister, one constituency.”

Nana Addo Playing ‘Chaskele’ with Appointments – Muntaka Mubarak

The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, has likened President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominations to the game of ‘chaskele’ saying it appears the portfolios were just being passed on to “everyone.”

Speaking to Citi News after the parliament received the list of new minister-nominees, Mr. Mubarak described the move as ‘most ridiculous’. He expressed shock and disappointment over the numerous appointments, especially while considering Nana Addo’s calls for austerity measures.

“This is the most ridiculous. Someone who is telling the whole country to tighten their belt. Look at the goods and services of more than 22 ministries put together. It is not even up to the goods and services of the government machinery. They are just adding on as if with the greatest respect, it is some ‘chaskele’; you just keep passing…” He lamented.

The Chief Whip also complained that the numerous appointments have left the majority side of parliament with many first-time MPs who may not be competent enough to play oversight roles as Chair of the various committees of the house, as most older MPs have now been appointed ministers.

110 Ministers To Devour an Estimated GH¢20 Million Annually!

It has been revealed that government will have to spend about GHS20, 211, 048 annually, in form of salaries for the 110 ministers and deputies. This implies that at the end of the four-year mandate of the Akufo-Addo led administration, a total amount of GHS 80, 844, 192 would have been spent on their salaries alone.

The sum of the salary estimates was based on figures from a recommendation in a report of Presidential Committee on Emoluments signed by Prof Dora Francisca Edua-Buandoh, which announced a 10 per cent raise from January 2017.