An appeal has gone out to President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, to limit the size of his government by appointing not more than 70 Ministers and Deputy Ministers in his second term in office.
“We, at ILAPI-Ghana also suggest you cap the number of Ministers to 70, without appointing any Regional Minister from Parliament. This, we believe will allow the Regional Ministers much time to administer their duties at their respective Regions,” a press statement from the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) read.
ILAPI Ghana is a non-profit, non-partisan, public policy and educational research Think Tank, operating exclusively for education, social, political, business consultancy, free market economics advocacy, decentralization, international relations, individual liberty, rule of law, poverty alleviation and entrepreneurship.
According to the statement, the blotted size of the Government which characterized President Akufo-Addo’s first term in office from January 2017 to January 2021, did not have any useful impact on the economy and the lives of the people. But rather, it made matters worse for the ordinary taxpayer.
“Big government of over 110 ministers and other uncountable number of appointees did not have any measurable impact on the economy. It rather led to wasteful resources of taxpayers’ contributions. Big government also uses the power to make some people better off at the expense of others. They enjoy privileges, immunity and pass deals to enrich themselves.”, it said.
ILAPI Ghana, led by Peter Bismark, emphasized that, “The importance and right size of government is not about the number of ministers and budget allocations to feed appointed government officials. The right size of government is based on its function to create opportunities for everyone. It is based on the protection of life, liberty and properties of individuals.
“Big government is the big enemy to prosperity. Putting an end to big government would stop the cumbersome and prickly tax system and borrowing. It will also end the diversion of individual hard-earned income into too many political decisions by giving it to people who lose nothing when funds are administered wrongly.”