ACCRA, OccupyGhana, a socio-political and non-partisan pressure group, has implored President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reduce the size of ministers appointed to save the country from financial insecurity.

The group believes that the seemingly large size of the executive would bring undue pressure on the national purse while aggravating the challenges facing the country unless well-structured monitoring and evaluation mechanisms were put in place to ensure efficiency.

A statement issued by Nana Sarpong Agyemang-Badu, the Media Relations Officer of the Group, and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Friday, questioned the impact of the move on the economic growth of the state.

“Can Ghana, with its present economic situation, afford 110 ministers? Can we not do more with less?

“The problems that beset this nation are known to all. Paramount among them is the issue of corruption. In creating such a huge bureaucracy, have we not increased the chances of corrupt officials plundering the little that we have left as a nation?” it asked.

Although, the group noted that the projects charted by government required more hands to achieve, the size of the ministers could breed waste of state resources.

“We are aware of the plans of the new administration to enact significant changes to the way the business of government is done, in enacting its vision to help this nation develop.

“We are also aware that some of these changes require the requisite manpower to achieve success,” the statement said but expressed concern about the apparent overlap in the portfolios of some ministers and their deputies.

It said the move would enlarge bureaucracies which would do a disservice to the private sector, which the President had always earmarked to strengthen to rescue the country from economic hardship.

“Large bureaucracies are not known to facilitate the growth of any private business sector. Do we not run the risk of crowding out and suffocating a struggling private sector with a gargantuan government bureaucracy?” it asked.

The statement called on President Akufo-Addo to reconsider the size of his ministers while championing prudent mechanisms to ensure that the executive performed its role efficiently.

It said as part of the duties of the Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation, a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) should be developed for each ministerial position, published on the ministerial website, and assessed by the President, Vice President and the minister on an annual or biannual basis.

Such KPIs, the statement said, must be designed to ensure there was no overlap of duties so as to duplicate responsibilities between ministers.

Ministers who would be found wanting under this assessment scheme should be dismissed so as to ensure “a constant and robust evaluation of the effectiveness of ministers and ministries.”

This, the statement said, would ensure accountability and transparency in both the private and public sectors which would propel the vision of the new government.

OccupyGhana is a socio-political non-partisan pressure group with the vision of engaging Ghanaians in the development process and ensuring good and responsible governance