Corruption, Cronyism made Akuffo Addo to appoint 123 Ministers – EIU

Ekow Ewusi and Prez Akuffo Addo in a handshake

The April 2020 Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) report has established “corruption” and “cronyism” as “endemic” in Ghana’s political system.

A situation, which it said, led to the appointment of 123 ministers and deputy ministers by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

“Corruption and cronyism in the public sector remain endemic” the EIU reports.

It added: “Public appointments are often made on the basis of party affiliation”, observing: “This is one explanation for the bloated government (which comprises 123 ministers)”.

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“However, there are fewer opportunities at the lower levels of politics, which may cause resentment among the party ranks and could depress voter turnout as members at the grass-roots level play a key role in local campaigning”, the report said.