The Member of Parliament for the Tafo-Pankrono constituency, Dr Anthony Akoto-Osei says the Mahama administration was bound to fail since most of the people appointed as ministers were of sub-standard quality.
he stressed most had deficits in both their educational and professional backgrounds to become competent ministers or deputy ministers.
According to him, appointees like Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education and Fiifi Kwetey, Minister of Transport had no or less experience in public life.
This, he noted explained why the two have abysmally performed in government and in their various ministerial portfolios.
Speaking to Abusua Fm’s morning show host, Kwame Adinkrah in Kumasi , Dr Akoto-Osei wondered how the president could believe in the theory that amateurs could help him run governance.
”When you appoint people like Fiifi Kwetey as Minister for Transport with him having no knowledge or experience or whatsoever in that field then you are only programming him for a massive failure”, Dr Akoto intimated.
He added, ‘can you imagine having Okudzeto Ablakwa as chairman for a meeting of chancellors of universities and what input he could make for an informed decision at the end of it’.
The Tafo MP who was former Minister of State in charge of Finance and Economic Planning, stressed governance was so serious a business to be toyed with by the president.
Sounding not surprised, the Tafo MP noted it was a matter of time for the Ghanaian people to notice the monumental failure by the Mahama administration.
This, he stated was because shallow minds in government as appointees could produce nothing but incompetence and failure.
According to him, it was suicidal for the president to discard the rich experiences of persons like Alban Sumana Bagbin and the veteran Enoch Teye Mensah(ET) and think about succeeding.
He indicated the Kufuor administration succeeded largely because they had experienced professionals as ministers and deputy ministers of state.
Speaking with passion, the Tafo MP called for the scrapping of the provision in the constitution that intimated the appointment of ministers to be more than 50% from parliament, indicating current structure continues to weaken the performance and work of parliament.
MP’s, Dr Akoto noted who served as ministers had a tough time combining these two heavy schedules with many sacrificing one of these portfolios for the other.
However, the Economist admonished those who found themselves in such a situation to employ special assistants who are extremely knowledgeable to deputize for them in whenever they are absent.
”it is very bad for you to relinquish your duty as MP for ministerial duties and vice versa but with an effective assistant he could do other duties for you in your constituency if you are MP”, Dr Akoto emphasized.