Yaw Osafo Maafo Is the Senior Minister role relevant?

Dr Yaw Osafo Maafo has been appointed as the Senior Minister designate but some Ghanaians have already begun raising concerns over the relevance of his appointment. Pulse Ghana's Mildred Europa Taylor has more.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday named Dr Yaw Osafo Maafo as his Senior Minister designate and already some Ghanaians are raising qualms over the appointment.

The portfolio was first introduced by the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufor administration of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). It was then headed by J.H Mensah.

However, the previous administrations of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by former presidents, John Evans Attah Mills and John Mahama scrapped that portfolio.

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Interestingly, the president, Nana Addo, announcing his first batch of ministerial appointment on Tuesday at the Jubilee House, nominated Yaw Osafo Marfo to head the re-introduced portfolio.

Osafo Marfo is expected to supervise the activities of all other appointees of the Akufo-Addo administration.

But some sections of Ghanaians who have criticised the appointment say it will be a waste of the tax payers money.

Professor Ransford Gyampo, a political scientist, believes the designation of Yaw Osafo Marfo is unnecessary.

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He advises that Nana Addo should “kindly re-designate Osafo Marfo's position if you want him around. He may be your special advisor on governmental and economic affairs. In my view, the position of a Senior Minister was an amorphous creation of President Kufuour just to keep J.H. Mensah in government. This should not necessarily be institutionalized.”

“In the discourse of lean or optimum-sized government, no President must be caught in the quagmire of role duplicity in making appointments,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

For him, the position of Dr Osafo Marfo “creates a role duplicity where there is also a Chief of Staff. Who reports to who?”

Some Ghanaians on social media seem to share similar sentiments. Below are some of the views from facebook:


Government response

President Nana Addo, in making the announcement, stressed that Dr Osafo-Maafo, who is an experienced economist, will help the vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to put the country on sound economic footing.

The New Patriotic Party, which first introduced this portfolio, had earlier explained that the role of a senior minister is almost like the Prime Minister of the country who coordinates all activities on behalf of the president.

Critics might still not be convinced. Nevertheless, some Ghanaians are of the opinion that Dr Osafo Marfo is old and experienced and the president probably found it useful to have him playing that role.

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