General News of Thursday, 16 March 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made several headlines in the media both locally and internationally for the size of his government which has attracted a wide range of criticisms from the citizenry as well as Ghanaians living outside the confines of the country.
As always been the case, the international media had a very unique way of reporting the matter which has now become a topical issue in the country with many media houses especially radio and television stations tabling it for discussion.
Prominent among the international media list was the BBC and this was how it was captioned ” Row over Ghana’s ‘elephant-sized’ government”.
This is how BBC reported Akufo-Addo’s ministerial list
“The Ghanaian government has defended itself against accusations of running an “elephant-sized” government, after new appointments announced on Wednesday brought the number of ministers and deputy minsters to 110.
The ministries of Information, Energy, Agriculture and Local Government will each have three deputy ministers, if the appointments from newly-elected President Nana Akufo-Addo are passed.
Opposition politician Haruna Iddrisu criticised the size of the government, telling local media that it would “feed” off the public purse.
“We never promised a lean government,” Information Minister Mustapha Hamid told media in response to the criticism.
The size of the government was necessary to assist the president’s ambitious development agenda, he added.
Mr Akufo-Addo, from the New Patriotic Party, was elected on his third attempt to reach the post, after a campaign dominated by the country’s faltering economy. ”