When you have the opportunity to be in government, how are you going to handle it? More often than not, we see our appointees lording over the people rather than serving them. They are almost always inaccessible to the people they govern and in so doing, undermine the very trust reposed in them by the same people
It is against this backdrop that I find it laudable that the President concluded his maiden changes to the composition of his government last week Thursday. After all, any manager who does not review or evaluate his or her plan of action over a period of time for higher efficiency may lose out entirely.
That is why it was so refreshing to see the President reshuffle his government. The maiden changes had long been expected but it had to take this long, probably for good and multiple reasons. In all, President Akufo-Addo made 15 changes to his government by re-aligning some ministers.
Interestingly, with the exception of the hardworking Minister of Energy,
All these big movements, appointments, reassignments and dismissal by the President have rationale and consequences, so any person who finds himself or herself occupying a government position must never forget to serve in the collective interest of the nation. At the end of the day, it is the same people who will judge their success or otherwise.
The big move by the President saw the former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and acting Minister of Energy,
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Navrongo Constituency and former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources,
Another interesting feature was the reassignment of
Now that the President has reinvigorated his government with the appointment of some ministers and the reassignment of others, Parliament will be expected to do the needful by vetting the
Expectation of reshuffle
After this reshuffle, some stakeholders have severely criticised the government for not reducing the size of the government which they considered a drain on the public purse. Whilst some of the ministers have come up for mention as working so hard, many others are yet to make the mark. Some critics had also expected the President to fire some of his non-performing ministers instead of re-aligning them. Indeed, there are even those who believe there are too many dormant ministers in President Akufo-Addo's government who must equally be shown the exit.
In view of all of these expectations, against an economy which is in difficulty, it will be very disappointing if
Ghanaians want to see a lot more urgency in the day-to-day performance of our ministers. I stated in this column some time ago that our President means so well and he is doing everything possible to
This is no tea time and it calls for hard work on the part of the ministers to justify their inclusion by stepping up their overarching game plans to promote effectiveness and efficiency in the governance system for the good of the nation.
Nothing short of this can be tolerated if the government is to achieve its flagship programmes that will ultimately create jobs, prosperity