General News of 2014-01-01

Appoint Amidu, Kunbuor, Tony Aidoo as ‘administrator generals’ – IMANI

Policy Think Tank, IMANI Ghana, is advising the presidency to appoint Martin Amidu, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor and Dr. Tony Aidoo as ‘administrator general’ in the cabinet to vet all proposed projects.

A statement signed by the founding President of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, pointed out that these are the only three individuals in the current government “that can perform such a task.

He also advised that the presidency should not become “the strategic hub for policy planning from a financial and technical point of view” and “political accountability should not reside in the executive.”

He conceded that “for most strategic projects, the requisite expertise may be spread across multiple ministries, departments and agencies” and therefore suggested that “the Cabinet Office can be strengthened and given powers that allow it to coordinate expertise across the civil service.”

According to Mr. Cudjoe, there are centres of expertise that could be asked to help government create a kind of ‘administrator general’ role in the cabinet to vet all proposed projects.

He was however quick to add that “such a move can only succeed if it follows a strengthening of the Cabinet Office to ensure coordination across the technical, financial and political accountability functions of the executive.”

Mr. Cudjoe further counselled that these three men should they be asked, “must be supported with the right kind of resources, MENTAL (thinkers) and cash and crucially the power to sanction renegades.”