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Sack or Reshuffle appointees with Poor Performance - Ex Prez Kufour

According to former president John Agyekum Kufour, leaders should not be afraid to fire their appointees if they are not functioning as expected.

He asserts that it is their duty to make such risky choices in order to keep their government on course.

Calls have already been made for the Akufo-Addo government to fire or reshuffle any ministers who have not lived up to expectations six years later.

The former President asserted that the current African rulers must take the bull by the horns during a conversation with the Institute of Economic Affairs at his residence.

“I didn’t reshuffle just for the frequency of it; no. The president’s role is like the coach; not just a team leader. You have to know what your ministers are doing, whether they are being positive or whether they’re just being average when you expect more from them, and you should have the courage to say you don’t belong here, go there, or perhaps sit aside and that thing should not be seasonal; it should be continuous.”

According to President Nana Akufo-Addo, his appointees are performing up to par and he has no plans to reorganize his cabinet any time soon.

While President Akufo-Addo said he evaluates the work of his ministers consistently, he feels “many of them for me have done outstanding work. Their output has been considerable, and that is what I look at.”

“If the output measures expectations, then I don’t have any strong reasons to heed the call,” President Akufo-Addo added.

The President also thinks requests for a reshuffle occasionally have hidden agendas.

“The calls come for all kinds of reasons; NDC wanting to destabilise the government is one. There are people who are also looking for jobs.”

The single ministerial shuffle that President Akufo-Addo made occurred in August of his first term.

Since then, in response to claims that his cabinet was overstaffed, he has changed a few of his ministers and removed a few portfolios.

Sarah Adwoa Safo's appointment was recently cancelled by President Akufo-Addo as a result of her prolonged absence from work.

She served as the Minister for Social Protection, Children, and Gender issues.

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African Akufo-Addo John Agyekum Kufour


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