Outspoken Member of Parliament for Assin Central and a staunch member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has slammed Ministers of State who served in the first term of office of the Akufo-Addo led administration describing many of them as having poor managerial skills.
He made this allegation during an interview on Adom TV via the Accra-based TV station’s political show ‘SeniƐ Ɛti nie.’
According to Kennedy Agyapong, the reason why most of the ministers should not get appointed in the second term of office in the second term of the incumbent NPP government is that “a lot of the Minister’s managerial skills are very poor.”
His comments come off the back of calls by some NPP members on President Akufo Addo not to appoint any of the 19 deputy ministers who lost their parliamentary seats.
Speaking in defence of the 19 deputy ministers who lost their seats at the just-ended 2020 polls, Mr Kennedy argued that some of these deputy ministers were competent. “They lost their seats due to certain difficulties,” he said.
He argued that most of the ministers didn’t give their deputies the opportunities to function well.
“Why should such appointees not get a ministerial appointment in Akufo Addo’s next government? The truth is that a lot of the Ministers managerial skills is very poor. We lost 19 deputy Ministers if you go to their offices they are there as deputy Ministers but not even common paper passes through their desk for onward action. Meanwhile, that deputy has a constituency just as his or her boss, the substantive Minister.”
“I always advise those going in for deputy ministerial positions not to accept that offer and rather concentrate on being MPs because the moment your constituents know that you’re a deputy Minister they expect so much from you meanwhile their bosses don’t give them opportunities to function well.
He added, “Once you’re appointed to the ministry as deputy ministers, the substantive ministers render them useless. The Ministers deal directly with the Chief Directors and I don’t fear to tell this truth to the face of the ministers. I cannot sit here knowing the truth for me to keep quiet and rather put the blame on deputy Ministers. Majority of them were not given opportunities.”