A Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana Legon, Professor Edward Ransford Gyampo has advised President Nana Akuffo Addo to reconsider his decision of appointing a minister for Parliamentary Affairs in his government and scrap it.
The President in a release yesterday nominated for approval Mr.Kyei Mensah Bonsu as Minister for Parliamentary AffairsLecture.
He was part of the old administration where critics accused the President of running an “elephant size” government with over 120 ministers being unprecedented in the history of the nation.
In an article titled “My take on President Akuffo Addo’s size of government and ministerial nominees: he noted that it is undemocratic and undermines the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances to have such an office in the governance structure of the county.
” It is a needless attempt to make the parliamentary arm of government subservient to the executive,” he emphasized.
“In 2005, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of NEPAD, made a similar recommendation, but President Kufuor ignored it. President Mills scrapped that Ministry in line with the APRM Report, and for eight years, that ministry never existed. But President Akufo Addo brought it back in 2017. Given the kind of hung parliament we have, it would be an exercise in futility for anyone to attempt to make parliament subservient to the executive” he added.
He noted that the kind of governance structure wouldn’t allow the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs to succeeded and a liaison Officer may simply be appointed to liaise between the executive and the legislature without having