An Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has questioned the competence of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The outspoken academic quizzed whether the pre-2016 election promise by party that they have the men to govern the country still holds.
Prof Ransford Gyampo’s query comes after President Akufo-Addo reappointed of the former CEO of Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Kwame Owusu to Chair the Board of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Mr Owusu grabbed headlines last year when admitted spending GHS1 million to renovate a two-bedroom house into a four-bedroom house – many said the price tag on the renovation was too high.
Mr Owusu also raised eyebrows when it emerged that the refurbished house had 11 air-conditioners. He defended the number of air conditioners, arguing that the number should have been 13 because that was more fitting of his status as Director General of the Maritime Authority.
Speaking on Joy FM's Newsfile, Prof Ransford Gyampo, wondered why the governing NPP would risk controversy by reappointing Mr Owusu.
”His [Mr Owusu] own responses when this issue popped up weren’t helpful. The sarcasm and arrogance displayed were and the way and manner he went about it weren’t helpful.
”Again, I have a little difficulty. The current administration NPP, are they still touted as the party that has the men to govern? If the party still stands by that reputation of having the men to govern...then it’s a bit difficult for me to see why the same person, who is 65 years, comes back,” Prof Gyampo said.
The Head of European Studies at the University of Ghana said Mr Owusu’s reappointment “also creates the impression that maybe the President wasn’t that much concerned about the allegations that were levelled against him.”