Regional Re-organisation Ministry adjudged the best performing Ministry

According to the 2019 Ministerial Performance Tracking Report, Ministry in charge of Regional Re-organisation is the best performing Ministry in the country.

The report complied by the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), a political research and advocacy group was launched in Accra on Wednesday, 16th October, 2019.

The Ministry in charge of Regional Re-organisation was adjudged the best Ministries due to its successful creation of new regions.

The launch was under the theme “Assessment of Various Ministries/Ministers of Ghana for 2019 and a Proposal for Immediate Ministerial Reshuffle and Structural Reforms Ahead of 2020.”

Outdooring the report, the Executive Director of ASEPA, Mr Mensah Thompson explained that, the report is to inform Government on the performance of its key ministries and ministers from the public perspective.

According to him, the research took place in two main forms; firstly a team of ten Analysts handpicked from the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast and the University of Education (Winneba).

Whilst the second group of 5,000 respondents was sampled from three regions; 40 per cent in the Greater Accra, 30 per cent in Ashanti Region and 30 per cent in Volta Region.

The respondents he indicated were purposively selected from various backgrounds including; the formal, informal, lower, middle, and upper income citizens, Religious leaders, Journalists, Civil Society Activists and students.

Therefore, the Ministries were evaluated by the respondents on areas such as its importance, execution of key campaign promises and flagship policies, inclusiveness and transparency, financial discipline and innovation.

The criteria involved in evaluating the Ministers included; their Knowledge of the job, Communication; Media and Public Relations, Accessibility, Innovation and Effectiveness.

With regards to the second spot, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture took it for its successful mobilisation of diasporans for the year of return programme.

Next on the list are the Ministry for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs who according to respondents successful handled the Dagbon Conflict and other Chieftaincy conflicts which enhanced peace in the area.

The Parliamentary Affairs Ministry according to the report was fourth for its improvement in Parliamentary Democracy in 2019; improved Parliamentary and Public Interactions.

The Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry for Railway Development, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry for Business Development followed through successively to complete the list.

The outcome on the performance of the Ministries Mr. Thompson explained reflects in the results attained from the evaluation of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

Meanwhile the top ten least performing Ministries included; the Ministry for Water Resources and Sanitation, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry for Local Government; the Ministry of Education.

Furthermore, the Ministry for National Security, the Ministry for Fisheries and Agriculture, the Ministry for Roads and Highways, the Ministry of Procurement and the Ministry for Communication.

Source: Ishmael Barfi

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