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Kwabena Agyepong suggests consolidation of ministries would benefit Ghana

Kwabena Agyepong suggests consolidation of ministries would benefit Ghana

Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, a flagbearer aspirant of Ghana’s New Patriotic Party (NPP), has joined the chorus of voices calling for the consolidation of certain ministries in order to reduce the size of the government.

During a radio interview with Accra-based Citi FM on February 23, 2023, Agyapong suggested that several ministries should be eliminated or merged in order to reduce the burden on the public purse.

Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, NPP flagbearer aspirant
Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, NPP flagbearer aspirant

He argued that the constitution’s limit of 19 cabinet ministers was not a suggestion but a guideline for the size of the government. Agyapong believes that consolidating ministries would not only save money but also send a strong message of leadership’s commitment to economic recovery.

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Several groups, including OccupyGhana, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), the minority in Parliament, and governance experts, have also advocated for reducing the size of government. Agyapong’s call for consolidation is in line with these groups’ suggestions.

Agyapong specifically mentioned the Parliamentary Affairs and Chieftaincy ministries as examples of ministries that could be eliminated, arguing that the latter used to be a secretariat in the Presidency. He suggested that several other ministries could also be consolidated to reduce their numbers.

Agyapong’s call for the consolidation of ministries in Ghana’s government is in line with the views of several other groups advocating for the reduction of the government’s size. He believes that such a move would not only save money but also send a strong message of leadership’s commitment to economic recovery.

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