Ghana’s president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has appointed his vice’s father in-law, Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan as Ghana’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
The president justified the appointment of Alhaji Ramadan arguing, the choice for an ambassador in the said region is mainly due to the rich oil reserves in the Gulf which Ghana could learn best practices from.
According to President Akufo Addo, “appointing an ambassador for the first time to the oil rich nation will also help develop and build strong relations with that part of the world.”
This is the very first time in Ghana’s political history that a government has decided to appoint an ambassador to the Gulf States.
Meanwhile, the appointment of Samira Bawumia’s father gives credence to concerns by some critics that the president is embarking on a mission to run a government characterised by family and friends as well as cronyism.
So far, the president has appointed his daughter, a couple of cousins and has also appointed elder brother to the wife his vice president and their father to serve in sensitive positions in government.
Other government officials who are believed to be closely linked to the president are the attorney general, Gloria Akufo and also the Chief Justice, Sophia Akufo.
But the president insists, his choice of appointment is strictly based on the credentials of the said appointees and not necessarily their familial relations.