The Executive Director for Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS) David Agbee, is not enthused with the performance of the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah a year after he was appointed.
His comments follow pockets of violence perpetrated by pro- New Patriotic Party (NPP) members across the country with impunity.
Speaking to Oheneba Boamah on Accra-based Power 97.9FM on Monday evening, the governance expert applauded president Nana Akufo-Addo for reviewing the performance of his ministers, but expressed resentment for some of his ministers whom he described as not helping matters.
The National Security Minister, Mr Dapaah, was among the four ministers who was scheduled to meet the president on Monday, February 12, 2018.
Mr Agbee believes but for the rampancy of vigilante attacks across the country and the soaring cases of armed robbery, some of which have led to the gunning down of police officials, the country’s ambience would have earned him much applause.
“Kan Dapaah has done a bit but he needs to up his game and clamp down on the lawlessness that seems to be gaining roots in the country,” stated Mr Agbee on Power News.
He said the stability of national security is “a bit shaky” and the minister, knowing how critical his ministry is to Ghanaians, “needs to justify his inclusion” in the president’s cabinet.
On the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the governance expert said the year under review has seen her perform well, adding “she has remained relevant in his sector in the last 12 months.”
But for the cash for seat saga that rocked the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the latter part of 2017, the sector minister, Alan Kyeremateng would have earned a grade A performance.
However, Mr Agbee said Mr Kyeremateng was not directly involved in the arrangements that allegedly extorted from expats business men to sit close to the president at the award programme.
Mr Agbee believes, the president should not hesitate to crack the whip when his appointees perform below par so Ghanaians do not lose confidence in him.
President Akufo Addo on Monday started engaging his appointees particularly, Ministers of State, one-on-one, to assess their performance. It comes in the wake of speculations of a possible reshuffle and downsizing of his government which has been described as the largest in West Africa.
Currently the president has appointed 110 Ministers and deputies aside scores of appointees serving in other portfolios as Chief Executives or Board members of various institutions and organizations.
Minister of State in charge of Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei in an earlier interview with XYZ News, underscored the importance of the exercise and said it would help put the ministers on their toes, including himself who prepared the evaluation of the ministers.
“I myself, I will be assessed…I am not over confident but I know I am doing my work right,” he said.
The exercise on Monday was scheduled for four ministers. Minister for National security, Kan Dapaah; Minister for trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremateng; Regional Re-organisation Minister, Dan Botwe and Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the minister for Foreign Affairs were to meet the president behind closed-doors.
Source : Ghana/Power FM/ Henryson Okrah