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Ghana can run with 19 cabinet ministers, says Kwabena Agyepong

Agyepong, a candidate for the flagbearership of the New Patriotic Party, believes there is no need for Ghana to have many ministers and argues that the country must trim the size of its government

Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, the former general secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is in the race to become the flagbearer for the party, has argued that Ghana can be managed with just the cabinet of 19 ministers set out in the constitution.

Agyepong said there is no need for the country to have many ministers, and argued that the government should cut down on the number of ministers.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (30 March), Agyepong said, “I think that this country can run with the 19 cabinet ministers that are stated in the constitution. There is no need to have more.

“I think every ministry should be headed by a cabinet member, so we should consolidate the ministries and arrive at no more than 19,” he proposed.

Agyepong said his passion to see Ghana develop informed his decision to join the flagbearer race.

“My passion for transforming Ghana as a country, I think, is the most important thing. It is not about holding the office in name …”

“Quickest route to be rich”

The flagbearer hopeful said politicians should not get into the mindset that politics is about enjoyment.

He said politics is all about service to the country.

“When you have a political atmosphere where people think that politics is the quickest route to becoming rich, then you have a problem. That is a thought process that I will de-emphasise.”

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