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Ghana’s President Sets New Record with 110 Appointed Ministers

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Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has set a record at least in his country for appointing 110 ministers. Fifty six of them are full ministers, while fifty are deputy ministers, with the remaining four, ministers of state.

In contrast Nigeria has thirty five ministers and Britain  has a total of 120 ministers for a population of about 65 million.

Akufo-Addo who was elected last December on a manifesto to fix a host of economic problems and fight corruption, said the appointments were necessary.

But critics believed that it was an overdo, describing the size of government as elephant for a country like Ghana.

It is the largest government since the country of about 27 million inhabitants, adopted a democratic constitution in 1992.

I’m aware that people are concerned about what they see as maybe the cost of this large government,” Akufo-Addo admitted in an interview on national television.

It is a necessary investment to make for the rapid transformation of this country. Ministers are coming to work, it’s not going to be a holiday.” he said

But the opposition party is less convinced about the benefit of having such a big government.

We’re confronted with an elephant size of government and Akufo-Addo has proven that he’s a politician rather than a president,” said Haruna Iddrisu, leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament.

Akufo-Addo, who promised to cut superfluous government spending, has hit back at his opponents claiming it is a necessary investment for Ghana.


Following the new wave of ministerial intake, the agriculture ministry now boasts a minister, a minister of state and three deputies. Four other ministries also have three deputies and a minister.

Parliamentary sources told Reuters that top government appointees receive monthly salaries of about $4,000 (£3,326) in addition to at least two cars, free fuel, a house, free utilities and personal protection.

It’s a case of jobs for the boys,” said politics lecturer Geoffrey Molu, whose comment was echoed on social media and by commentators on Ghana’s radio and TV channels.

Government spokesman Nana Akomea said criticism would stop if the government delivers on its ambitious agenda.

51 Comments

  1. Xoxo

    March 19, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Where are my fellow Ghanaians?!!
    Why have you all vanished? All those that had him as their DP on Facebook, Whatsapp and co have all suddenly changed their images ??!
    You wanted change…well, now you have it!!

    110 ministers = 110 monthly salaries = 110 easy (and ready- made) platforms to loot my county’s resources!

    • Honestina

      March 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      I voted for him and will do so today. According to my name, I’m a bit confused but as it stands now, they ve about 3 yrs to deliver so let’s keep our fingers crossed and see if this record breaking number will give us value for our money.
      And oh xoxo, don’t be so excited as if the other party had the nation’s interest at heart. Till the npp starts to inflate cost of project, sole source contractors and embezzle funds through SADA and GYEEDA, I’m with them.

    • Fleur

      March 19, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Fayose warned y’all. Change has come to Ghana. Fayose warned you and y’all were sharpening ya mouths and talking down to Nigerians because of the sour lemons we purchased ourselves. Welcome to Club Inefficient et Decadence

    • Amaka

      March 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Maybe it will prevent corruption. More people to compete for the money. Imagine Nigeria with more ministers but no increase in budget for salaries. Eg a minister who was collecting 10naira will share his salary with a deputy minister that will make his salary 6naira. Deputy 4naira.Too much money allows some people to mess up.

  2. unadite

    March 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Yeepa! I sincerely hope and pray that Nigeria will not copy them o. We sabi copy fraudulent things….

  3. Luqman

    March 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Maybe it is April fool in March

  4. Frauds as PR agents

    March 19, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Debola Lagos & Chude Jideonwo – how una dey?? How market na? Are you both also celebrating the presidents you sold to the west african youths as “change agents”??

    Smh!! Red Media just dey chop and clean mouth.

  5. john

    March 19, 2017 at 8:32 am

    ghanaian change has begun..does he has a version of lai Muhammed

  6. The republic

    March 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

    We seem to know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. Am not a supporter of his party but he seem to have chalked a lot of first.esp wit the time taken to form his government and how he has started to fulfil his campaign promises.besides Itz jus 4 years for a first term.we wait and see.

  7. Beard gang

    March 19, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Bloody Africa! At least its $4000 a month, ask kachikwu ibe or adeosun how much they earn and the number of armored SUVs they are entitled to and the dozens and dozens of mobile police officers attached to them…African democracy is a circus…110 ministers! I doubt the U.N security council has that many delegates !!…lol

  8. Yummychickcummummy

    March 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Another waste of country’s resources. This is pure f-ery

  9. Ethio

    March 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Na real wah!, LMAO!

  10. Madman

    March 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Debola and Chude are terrorists. If people pay close attention they will use their talents to destroy Africa by helping elect morons.

    • Nito

      March 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      How does this concern Debola and Chude now? Lets put things in perspective please and doing business with your talent to elect supposed morons is called doing business and not terrorism.

    • dhoney

      March 20, 2017 at 2:45 am

      [email protected] you see why I say Nigeria has a long way to go. So GEJ was a fraud and some young bold fellas encouraged us to change the barton and now you are blaming them. Even if we got it wrong by choosing PMB, it`s apparent that he will shown the way out the same way that fake PhD was shown the door. This to me is a great improvement on our stagnant democrazy.
      Nigerian youths are bereft of ideas and rational thinking if not you wont be seeing some folks running around all these thieves we calkl politicians..smh

  11. Libby

    March 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Lol President Nana Akufo-Addo clearly no be only you waka come. 110 ministers? for what exactly ?

  12. Marks

    March 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I used to believe that this man would do well for Ghana. But once he appointed those two hungry miscreants-Debola and Chude into his campaign team, I was 100% sure he would be a disaster if he won. Let’s face it, no serious candidate will have anything to do with those political terrorists.

  13. Spunky

    March 19, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    110!!! His reasons ain’t justifiable jor. 110 multiplied by retinue of aids and hangers on…could be of genuine motive or interest but it doesn’t seem feasible.

  14. nwa nna

    March 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Africa, the most wasteful continent! What’s the use of creating a bunch of redundant positions that will only end up draining the countries resources?!

  15. GHANAIAN

    March 19, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I am ghanaian and I am here.
    You people should face your own problems and keep Ghana politics out this blog
    It’s none of your freaking business
    He is an extremely smart man knows what’s he’s doing. You are not a Ghanaian so why should that concern you. Why should you post any Ghana politica on this blog.

    Do we Ghanaians ever put our mouth in your politics. Why the fck do you people always want to interview in our politics. I just don’t understand cos we all know no other African nation dare ever interfere in your damn screwed up nation issues and politics.

    Either way we are a 100% better as a country. Maybe you should also try and give the following to your nations citizens just like Nana Addo has
    FREE SHS education
    Free books
    Free food
    Free lab fees
    Free boarding lodge (no nation in the world offers this). H
    OTHER HUGE TAX CUTS ON MANY THINGS.

    OUR PRESIDENT LESS THAN THREE MONTh IN OFFICE HAS ANNOUNCED THIS AND THIS WILL START IN SEPTEMBER. UNPRECEDENTED AND FIRST EVER IN ANY PART OF AFRICA. This is for All Ghanaians not for illegals and criminals who dare infiltrate our system cos we will fish them out.

    So bellanaija.com if you are going to tell our news tell it all. Don’t tell some and leave some. That’s the same shyt u did with the plagiarism thing you posted it like the times on this blog yet and approved all the mean comments s about our president (so disrespectful) when it comes to the history of our new elected president and his background and his credentials u never ever posted that.

    So bellanaija.com we the Ghanaians will appreciate if you keep our politics out your blog. You are not a Ghanaian blog leave Ghanaians to talk about it and not post it on here and allow an bullshit comment to be published about our president. Stop it bellanaija.com. Stop it.

    • E

      March 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Huh?

    • Las

      March 19, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      If everything in Ghana is ‘better’, why are you on a Nigerian blog? Shebi there are ‘better’ blogs in Ghana.

      It always amazes me how people cannot distinguish between a news item and opinion. Did you president appoint his entire village as ministers? Yes or No?

    • missnk

      March 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

      aunty/uncle we don’t want to “interview” in your politics oh. lolllllll this set of commenters remind me of Buhari’s supporters

    • Me too I am Ghanaian

      March 20, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Sigh. do you know what Nigeria contributes to our banking and educational system? entertainment industry? Nigeria that is teaching us to do business, these go-getters who give us the force we need to save us from apathy. Ghana is a big talkshop.
      i don’t know why NPP supporters say they are elite but when they talk it is a lot of hot air. i am not understanding. I am tired.

    • Nne

      March 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Charley, Shift jor. All this epistle you are writing on a Naija blog. Why are you on here ehn? If our opinions bother you so much, then save your data and scroll on by.

  16. Ama

    March 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Bellanaija.com or whatever u call yourself Why don’t u also post the video where an interview he explains in detail why he chose 110.

    Bellanaija.com and all Nigerians please stay the fcuk out our business and our country politics and mind your business you got too many problems in that nation of yours to be concerned about ours.

    Nkwasiasem the audacity to be poking your nose in our politics.

    Stay in your lane.

    • jubuwale

      March 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      its called Freedom to speech mumu. when you war, starve or fall under dictatorship all of sudden. Its Ecowes come save Us.

    • Ama Ghana

      March 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Freedom speech in ya own damn land. Who re too weak to even protest against your government as your nation is in recession.

      Don’t you dare open your stinking mouth to tall about our nation.

      You are oil rich yet Cursed with no peace.

      So shut the fck up and deal with your own corrupt nation. Worlds most known corrupt nation. For your information we’ve never had a civil war like you and there will be no problem dictatorship here so shut your stupid comment up ya ass and deal with your own fcked up nation than criticize ours. Next u know you will be doing 419 to take advantage of our free education which you will never in a million years have on your land. Strike and cultism run rampant in your universities unlike ours and you end up here. You have the audacity.

    • nwa nna

      March 20, 2017 at 12:04 am

      @Ama
      Why so much anger? If you feel so much disgust towards Nigerians and BN commenters, I suggest you don’t visit BN blog before it causes you to have a stroke 😛

    • missnk

      March 20, 2017 at 1:57 am

      lmao. I’m not understanding this venom. you leave your house to come to someone’s house to tell them what to talk about?

    • Nuna

      March 20, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Lmfao who is this fool? What are you doing on a Nigerian blog? This website reports every and anything that concerns the world, you cretin!

  17. Ama Ghana

    March 19, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    You can choose not to post my comment if you like. Either way the whole world knows and you know that our economy even at its worst state left by previous government is still a million times better than yours and instead of worrying about what our dear president is doing tell your Buhari to emulate what Nana has just offered all Ghanaians citizens (emphasis on citizens)
    FREE SHS education
    Free books
    Free food
    Free lab fees
    Free boarding lodge (no nation in the world offers free boarding to any citizen this).
    OTHER HUGE TAX CUTS ON MANY Things.

    Even if he chooses 500 Ministers are nation economic future looks brighter than yours so mind your damn business. I will still vote for him a million times

    • Author Unknown

      March 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      You’re right @Ama Ghana, but our jollof rice is still better. Lol. Relax girl. Why do Ghanaians give themselves high blood pressure once Nigeria enters matter?

    • IAgree

      March 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Because you need to learn how to mind you damn business especially for an nation like Nigeria who has so many issues, Ivory Coast, Kenyan, South Africa etc etc don’t meddle in our politics so why you. If it’s not poking your nose in American politics it’s Ghana politics, bottom line mind your business

    • Susan

      March 20, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Correction. It’s is the Akan people(twi speakers) who are his primary supporters making this noise. Whenever you see any diatribe between Ghana/ Nigeria on blogs, YouTube, nairaland, anywhere on the web, it’s the fingers of Akans behind the keyboard. They are most threatened of Nigerians. They are extreemly scared and envious of anything Naija. Hence the venom. They always hide behind “Ghana” as an identity and make it look like everybody feels the way they do about Naija. But that is a lie. Their tribe voted massively (other tribes did too) for Nana Akuffo Addo and they will come done on anyone who even raises a sensible objection to him or his government

    • Me too I am Ghanaian

      March 20, 2017 at 11:39 am

      please she is on her own oooo. this is how they are treating everyone who is not their party loyal oo. you people have brought it unto visitors. someone that bought her own domain, put her own story, you have carried your time to come and inzort. elite indeed.

    • nwa nna

      March 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Ama Ghana,
      You really don’t need 110 minister’s to oversee or execute all the projects that you’ve listed.. Trust me, BN commenters are not beefing Ghana, we got our own internal beefs to cook in Nigeria.
      Wishing you guys the best in Ghana, with love from Nigeria.

    • Ama

      March 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      What is the essence of this blog whose only one specialty is Asoebi and weddings that is the only thing that keeps this blog alive, what is the essence of posting on Ghana political talk on a Nigerian blog. What do u hope to achieve. This is not what your readers came here for so b why do you keep posting any negative trending news of our president. Bellanaija.com what do you want with our president. What exactly do you want. How does our issues concern you.

      We don’t talk about your nation politics so why are you talking about us. Why are u so obsessed with negative trending news of our new president. First you made three post about plagiarism now this. How come you don’t post about stuff he’s done in three months he’s been in office. Does Nigeria have free education, free books free lab fees or free boarding and free food in your schools as our president has offered us. What African nation offers free boarding and fees and food and text books Why didn’t u report on that.

      Mschewwww nsemfo eni eshisem kwa.

      Keep our nation politics out ya damn blog and post weddings. That’s your ONLY specialty

    • TheRealist

      March 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      @Ama, which “economic future”? The one that is waist-deep in debt? Relies on aid for a large percentage of its budget? And is less than the economy of Lagos?! Nigeria has 99 economic problems, but trying to match up to Ghana isn’t one of them! SMDH

    • Gigi

      March 20, 2017 at 1:06 am

      Hold on now ma’am, im.a ghanian, and I don’t see anything wrong with the post. Ghana and Nigeria are the same ppl and if we are all saying we want change, by God is this the way to change. 5 ppl to deal with one issue. You are about to have a stroke over nothing, instead push for the change we voted for. Name calling this site and a whole country is immature and down right petty. I’m ashamed to say you and I are from the same country. We are adult’s and should be able to express ourselves without belittling each other. Damn Ghanaians and Nigerians are family, GET OVER YOURSELF. WE NEED PEACE IN THIS WORLD IT’S BAD ENOUGH WITH THE BULLS HIT WE ARE ALL DEALING WITH ABROAD AND AT HOME, LET’S BE CIVIL.AND THROW SOME LOVE.HAAABAAHHHHH:)

    • dhoney

      March 20, 2017 at 2:56 am

      Of course…that`s the only thing Nigerians know how to do best…boasting without any substance. I am a Nigerian and I have admit that this generation are fond of putting others down. Shame

    • Me too I am Ghanaian

      March 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

      aaawwww my sister, God bless you. I don’t even understand. meanwhile my family loves Nigerians like crazy. we even want to take a trip there one of these days to see this 3rd mainland bridge we have seen in movies saaaa. disgracing the country everywhere. especially NPP supporters,they cannot stand small criticism of he president. they will insult your generation.
      i did not like NDC but there is something to be admired about them…they are not sour losers.
      NPP has won but they cannot even enjoy their victory.

    • TheRealist

      March 20, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      @dhoney, so it’s “boasting” Nigerians that appointed 110 ministers in a small country that is knee-deep in sovereign debt. How anyone can defend the appointment of 110 ministers in ANY country at all (much less a relatively small economy that is drowning in debt) boggles the rational mind – and one is reasonably that if it had been Nigeria (a much bigger economy with a much larger economy) YOU would likely be among the first to scream blue murder!

      BTW, it may interest you to know that “boasting” Nigerians have invested hundreds of millions of US dollars into the Ghanaian economy (Dangote, Glo, Oando, GTB, Access, UBA, other banks, etc.), and that “boastful” Nigerian music (and even movies) dominate the Ghanaian space. Sure, Nigeria has issues, but there is a saying that those who constantly refer to their own mother as a whore should not be surprised to be referred to as bastards. We are NOT bastards!

  18. Cath

    March 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    What our problems didn’t stop us from discussing; is it your shouting upandan that will do it? Taa gbafuo!

  19. Funke

    March 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Fellow Nigerians yes we have too many issues in Nigeria to be poking our noses in someone else’s.. What are we as a nation going to do about this recession we are in . School fees is a struggle for me personally and I commend the Ghana President offering them free education as my husband told me last month I thought it was a lie especially when he said free boarding too.

    How can we solve our own issues here in Nigeria. Here in Oyo it’s not easy for many people I know personally. Every day is a struggle.

    The nation we are talking about hit the streets for years when their old government was failing and evidenctly they kicked him out and now they have a new president. What are we going to do about ours in this recession.

    Bella your blog is a lifestyle blog I assume. Abeg we don’t want any wahala keep it Nigerian and leave other political matters to other nations to talk about their own thing. How does that concern us here. I can understand why any Ghanaian will be pissed us meddling in their matter cos they don’t meddle in ours.

  20. Mma Bb

    March 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    The benevolent spirits that cracked the palm kernel; those very hungry spirits are a legion…and they must be appeased. 110 minions…let the looting begin.

  21. MOTH MOUTH

    March 19, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    GHANAIANS CALM DOWN, NANA ADDO IS TRYING TO HINT US A TOP SECRET BUT WE ARE NOT GETTING IT. LET ME BREAK IT DOWN. GHANA IS VERY VERY RICH BUT AS A PRESIDENT HE ONLY NEEDS TO DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDS FOR THIS NDC AND NPP MINISTER IN WHICH MAJORITY ARE VERY VERY CORRUPT. SO HE HAS TO SET THAT VIGILANTE TYPE OF PEOPLE TO SEE THAT THE MONEY IS ACTUALLY BEEN USED AND ALSO MANY OF THE INCOMING TAX AND OTHER LOOPHOLES COMES DIRECT TO THE GOVERNMENT SO THAT HE CAN USE IT FOR DEVELOPMENT. 110 MINSTERS PAY IS PEANUT TO A LOOPHOLE OVER 1.5 TO 2BILLION DOLLARS THE NDC ONE MAN POWER USE TO STEAL ALONE IN PLACES LIKE THE PORT, DVLA AND MANY GOVERNMENT POSITIONS. ASK YOURSELF HOW COULD HE START FREE SHS AND OTHER EDUCATION JUST THIS SEPTEMBER? HE SAW THAT GHANA GAS WAS PAYING GHANAIANS $5000000 DAILY WHICH NDC NEVER TOLD THE GHANAIAN PEOPLE ABOUT IT. ALL THE TIME WE KNEW WE WERE NOT MAKING ANY PROFIT. DO YOU KNOW WITHIN 12 MONTHS HOW MUCH BILLIONS WE CAN GET FOR DEVELOPMENT IF THAT MONEY WAS DECLARED? NANA AKUFFO ADDO IS GOD SENT BUT WE NEED TO THINK BEFORE WE WRITE COS ALL HE IS TRYING TO TELL US IS THAT THE NEED TO PROTECT THE MONEY. WE HAVE SUFFERED MY PEOPLE. WE HAVE REALLY SUFFERED UNDER NDC. BE VERY WISE AND THINK OVER THINGS BCOS THERE ARE OVER POPULATED WITCHES IN GHANA WHOM DOES NOT WANT GHANA TO SUCCEED. Y3N P3 ADEPA . 110 VIGILANT PEOPLE TO STAND AND MONITOR WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING AND COMING INN WE DONT LIKE? ABAAH? THE NDC PUT US INTO 110 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH THAT MONEY CAN DEVELOP GHANA AND EVEN TOGO COMBINED. 5 BILLION DOLLARS CAN MAKE 6 ROADS FROM ACCRA ALONE T0 TAMALE AND IMAGINE 120 BILLION STOLEN BY NDC TO PUT IN ARAB COUNTRIES. LETS GIVE NPP 20YRS MORE AND THE NEXT GO TO CPP . MAHAMA WAS A DEVIL AND A THIEF . MAY GOD BLESS MY COUNTRY

  22. Obi

    March 20, 2017 at 2:45 am

    western Africa seems to be drawing the rest of Africa backwards. Its no coincidence that Southern/Eastern and partly Northern Africa are making economic strides while the West is balls deep in tomfoolery and mindless stupidity. Being a Nigerian, i have witnessed corruption and sheer incompetence but this i have never seen. This is the most stupid thing ever in the history of African politics and i sincerely hope it is the last. We all know how this would end. Debts and more debts.

  23. Anonymous

    March 20, 2017 at 4:50 am

    It’s obvious the bitter Ghanaians here are supporters of the ruling NPP. I wanted the NPP to win and I’m still giving them the benefit of the doubt for now.
    Please it’s important to note that most countries with parliamentary systems of government have many ministers. Ghana has a mixed system but the parliament is strong and many of these ministers are also parliamentarians. They’ll collect their monies as MPs and just some allowances as Ministers not the full salary. I still however think the cabinet is too large and he wanted to compensate many people who stood by him for the past decade as he contested elections.

  24. demash

    March 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    @bella pls check, Britain doesn’t have 120 ministers

  25. Ghanaba

    March 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Why are you people feeding the trolls? We all have problems whether Ghanaian or Nigerian. There’s a reason Syrian refugees and immigrants are not dying to live in either of our countries. Blogs like this one are to promote dialogue and even pan africanism to an extent. Why must we always be so easily divided?

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