COME January 7, 2017 President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa AKufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), will be sworn in as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). That day and national ceremony is something Ghanaians—irrespective of our political affiliations—are looking forward to after a successful poll held on December 7, 2016.
IT is a national ceremony that will see outgoing President, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), hand over power to President-elect, Akufo-Addo. And immediately after that event, Ghanaians will want to see Mr. Akufo-Addo and his administration hit the ground running, especially in the wake of the myriad promises he made prior to December 7, 2016 poll.
IT is a fact that steering affairs of a nation is no child’s play. It is a business for focused, dedicated and competent individuals. Thus choosing the right people to help in governing a nation plays a critical role in the success or failure of every government.
WE have had instances in this country where actions and inactions of ministers of state and other high profile office holders have contributed to public discredit and disaffection for governments in power. The work of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, the Auditor General’s Reports as well as stories that made headlines in the media have over the years given Ghanaians some indication of the conduct of those public office holders once they get into office. To say the least, those appointees, a lot of the time, succeeded in short-changing the nation.
THIS is where Today believes the incoming administration must ensure that its appointees are people who have a demonstrably track record to make this country a prosperous one. In our candid opinion, the foremost consideration for those being considered for office in the new administration should be persons who have the penchant and the zeal to make some difference and improve the lot of Ghanaians.
JUST before we entered into 2017 some names popped up in the media for various positions. While we are aware that factions within the NPP will be pushing for their candidates to be considered for various ministerial positions, we wish to advise them to allow the president-elect some space in his selection of people to assist him to govern this country for the next four years.
UNDER the current democratic dispensation the right to choose who to be part of any administration is the prerogative of the president. However, it is an established norm that in the case of the NDC and the NPP the president submits the list of his/her ministerial appointees to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of their parties for recommendation and approval.
WHILE we wait for the full list of the President-elect’s ministers, there is no doubt that so far, the few names that have come up and which include Ken Ofori-Atta—Finance Minister-designate; Alan Kwadwo Kyermaten—Trade and Industry Minister-designate; Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng—Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister-designate; Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto— Food and Agriculture Minister-designate, and; Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Youth and Sports Minister-designate, are all competent in their own rights and we believe they can do the job.
ADDITIONALLY, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso Wuogon, Frema Opare, is also reported to have been picked by Akufo-Addo to become the first female Chief of Staff.
IT is heart-warming to hear some prominent Ghanaians including the former rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, laud AKufo-Addo for his choices of ministerial appointments so far.
ACCORDING to Professor Adei, “he [Akufo-Addo] is on his way to put in place one of the most excellent cabinets Ghana has ever had from the little names which have been dropped here and there.”
IT is our hope that the President-elect, in completing his selection of ministers, will stay on course and bring on board the right mix of men and women who have Ghana at heart and would work with a sense of passion and dedication to improve upon our well-being.