“Development not determined by Cabinet meetings” – ASEPA to Oppong Nkrumah



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Executive Director for the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson, has expressed displeasure in the use to cabinet meetings by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, to measure the performance of the NPP government.

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah says the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led administration has held more cabinet meetings than former President John Mahama in his four-year administration.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who made this statement while addressing the media at the Peduase Lodge, He explained that the President holds these cabinet meetings to ensure that he is well abreast with all developments in his government.

Comparing the Nana Addo led administration to the erstwhile Mahama-led administration, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah mentioned that the Mahama administration had 48 cabinet meetings while Nana Addo has already had 64 cabinet meetings.

But Speaking to Kaakyire Ofori Ayim on Atinka AM Drive, Executive director for the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson stated that good governance has no links with the number of cabinet meetings a sitting government holds.

“I don’t know when the number of cabinet meetings became the yardstick for the performance of any government, I don’t know when it started. Probably there are precedents, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah should provide empirical evidence which shows how the number of cabinet meetings were linked to the performance of the said government”, he added.

According to Mensah Thompson, it is surprising that the Information Minister summoned Journalist with government money to tell them how the NDC held fewer cabinet meetings and the NPP has done more.

“What results has the 64 cabinet meetings achieved so far, at least during the Mahama administration we saw Circle interchange, Kasoa interchange, Kotoka Terminal three, Kumasi airport expansion airport, distribution of free school uniforms and sandals etc.”, he added.

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