President Akufo-Addo’s First Batch Of Ministerial Nominees Lauded

| Updated Mar 25, 2017 at 3:00am



The Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Ghana, Dr Bossman Asare, says the Ministerial nominees announced by President Akufo-Addo have rich credentials and are well fit for their specific portfolios.

Speaking to Radio Ghana, he described the nominees as "All Stars" who are accomplished in society.

He however expressed surprise at the nominee for the Defence Ministry.

According to him, the Minister Designate, Dominic Nitiwul, appears to be too young to lead the Ministry compared to past Ministers who held that portfolio.

Meanwhile, a Senior Lecturer and Political Economist at the GIMPA School of Public Service and Governance, Dr Lord Mawuko-Yevugah, says he does not agree with the creation of a Senior Minister Portfolio.

He told Radio Ghana that the functions of a Chief of Staff and Senior Minister are similar and may be parallel practically.

Dr. Mawuko-Yevugah proposed that the Senior Minister should rather be made a Senior Advisor, which is in accordance with International best practices.

Dr Mawuko-Yevugah also applauded the President for fielding experienced persons to man the Ministries in the first list of ministerial nominees.

In a related development, the Ministry of Health has welcomed the nomination of Kwaku Agyemang Manu as the Minister of Health.

On concerns that the said nominee is an accountant and may not be able to perform creditably as Health Minister, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Tony Goodman in an interview with Radio Ghana said, one does not need to be a technocrat to head the Health Ministry.

He recalled some past Ministers who distinguished themselves without having any medical background.

He said what matter is for Mr Agyemang Manu to get the approval of Parliament.