On Peace FM's morning show 'Kokrokoo,' Kwabena Adjei Agyapong expressed concern about the number of deputies a Minister has under the Akufo-Addo regime.
When Kwami Sefa Kayi asked him how a country like Ghana could continue with twenty (20) ministries, he said that many of them had been cut up and should be merged.
"Every minister, in my opinion, ought to have a deputy. Presidents have only one aide, and that aide is known as their Vice President. I fail to see the point of the Minister having three. Because of this, the cost of administering the government has become prohibitively expensive "he went on to say.
In his remarks, he didn't directly link the number of the ministerial appointees to Ghana's choice to turn to the IMF, but he did say that this was "making the expense of administering government too high.".
IMF has been asked to help Ghana's economic agenda because of the difficulties faced by the population. When Nana Addo ran for President of the Republic, he pledged never to take Ghana to the IMF. Now, however, Ghana is returning to the IMF for assistance despite opposition to this idea.
IMF Managing Director Kristalian Georgieva received a phone call from President Akufo-Addo, who informed her that the nation had decided to apply for the support fund.
"The engagement with the IMF will seek to provide a balance of payment support as part of a broader effort to quicken Ghana's build back in face of challenges induced by the Covid-19 pandemic and recently, the Russia-Ukraine crises," Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement issued in Accra on Friday, July 1, 2022.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently gave Ghana $1 billion for its Covid-19 response program, a member of the IMF. The government hopes that the IMF's support will help it secure additional funding to implement its economic plan. '
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