By Maxwell Ofori
Ten (10) Ministers of the Akufo-Addo administration, out of his 123 appointees, have been rated as the best, based on their delivery, competency and hard work. The Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, scored the highest percentage.
A survey by the Political Science department of the University of Ghana, which involved 2,700 respondents, named Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh – Education minister (12.2%); Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto – Agriculture minister (5.3%); John Peter Amewu – Energy minister (4.7%); Alan Kyeremateng – Trade & Industry minister (3%) and Kwaku Agyemang Manu – Health minister (1.9%) as the best five.
The others were Isaac Kwame Asiamah – Youth & Sports minister (1.8%); Dan Botwe – Regional Re-Organisation & Development minister (1.7%); Ken Ofori-Atta – Finance minister (1.7%); Ambrose Dery – Interior minister (1.4%) and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – Information minister (1.3%) managed to be within the first ten.
These were contained in a research conducted by the Political Science department of the University of Ghana, published yesterday in Accra.
The best ten performing Ministers of the Akufo-Addo administration, according to one of the researchers, Mr Kaakyire Frempong, who presented the report, said the ministers were rated based on policy, delivery, competency and hard work.
The results of the research released yesterday, has stirred controversy among Ghanaians and some political parties.
Some people hold the view that ministers who are also performing well do not have their names mentioned among the ‘top ten’.
Examples are the Minister for Railways Development, Joe Ghartey, who is championing the revamping of the once dead railway sector.
Within the last two years of the Akufo-Addo administration, efforts have also been made in the road sector, yet the Transport minister was not acknowledged.
On the other hand, those who support the Political Science department’s work believe the Education Minister has done a good job in rolling out the free SHS programme and deserves the top position.
The report also comes at a time when people have suggested that President Akufo-Addo should make changes in his appointees, especially those who have been tagged as not performing well.
Although the President recently reshuffled his ministers, which affected the then Gender Minister, Otiko Djaba, the Aviation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Sanitation Minister, Kofi Addah and the Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Minister, Catherine Afeku, it doesn’t look like this survey report will serve as a meaningful barometer for another reshuffle.