In Second Reshuffle
President Akufo-Addo, yesterday announced his second reshuffle making nine changes in his government, but just like the first reshuffle, his many family members and personal friends holding ministerial positions, including Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, Road Minister, Kwesi Amoako-Atta and Communication Minister, Ursula Gifty Owusus Akuful, were spared.
Also spared were Housing Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea, Attorney General and Justice Minister, Gloria Akuffo, Agric Minister, Owusu Akoto Afriyie.
They had been in office since 2017, and despite reported under performance, corruption in some cases, they look protected and untouchable.
But the biggest change is the removal of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Minister, Catherine Afeku, who now moves to the Office of the President as a Minister of State.
Interestingly, Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, was dropped and replaced with Deputy Aviation Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah.
Two press statements from the Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, yesterday said the changes take immediate effect.
The statement said “President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the vetting of the Minister-designate for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, the Regional Minister-designate for Upper West, as well as the deputy Ministers-designate for Aviation, Lands and Natural Resources, and Health so they can assume their respective offices as quickly as possible”.
While, the first statement had announced ministers for the six newly created regions, the second one announced that “the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has made the following changes to the composition of his government, with immediate effect:
it said, “Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Member of Parliament for PresteaHuni-Valley constituency and former Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, is now the Minister-designate for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts; while Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih is now Upper West Regional Minister-designate. The former Regional Minister, Sulemana Alhassan, has been reassigned”.
Catherine Afeku, Member of Parliament for Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira constituency and former Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, is now a Minister of State at the Office of the President, assigned to the Office of the Senior Minister; Yaw Osafo-Marfo, it said.
GiftyTwum Ampofo, who is the MP for Abuakwa North constituency and former Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, is now Deputy Minister for Education; while “Freda Prempeh, Member of Parliament for Tano North constituency and former Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, is now Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection”.
Barbara Ayisi Asher, the MP for Cape Coast North constituency and former deputy Minister for Education, is now Deputy Minister for Works and Housing; with NaanaEyiah, Member of Parliament for Gomoa Central constituency, is now Deputy Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources.
Alex Kodwo Kom Abban, MP for Gomoa West constituency, is now Deputy Minister-designate for Health; with Yaw Afful, MP for Jaman South, is now Deputy Minister-designate for Aviation.
The earlier statement said, President Akufo-Addo, had re-assigned some Regional Ministers and their deputies whose jurisdictions were affected,following the creation of six new regions namely-Western North, Ahafo, Bono East, Ahafo, Oti, North East and Savanna.
The regions were carved out of four existing regions, came into existence early this month following the public presentation of the Constitutional Instrument (C.I) to their respective traditional and opinion leaders at separate functions at the forecourt of the Flagstaff House.
In the new appointments, the Municipal Chief Executive for Sunyani Municipality, Mrs. Evelyn AmaKumi-Richardson, is the Minister-designate for Bono Region while Member of Parliament for Jaman North constituency, Siaka Stevens, has been appointed the Deputy Minister-designate for the region.
For the Bono East Region, Member of Parliament for Atebubu/Amantin constituency, Kofi Amoakohene, has been appointed the Minister-designate with the Deputy Minister for Bono Region (former BrongAhafo Region) who is also the MP Techiman North, Martin Oti Gyarko, being named as the Deputy Minister for the region.
The release further named Minister for former Brong Ahafo Region, Evans Opoku Bobie, also MP for Asunafo North constituency as to head the Ahafo Region while Tano South MP, Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere, is the Deputy Minister-designate.
Below is the rest of the appointments made to the new regions as well as the changes in the existing four regions:
Salifu Adam Braimah, Member of Parliament for Salaga South, is the Minister-designate for Savannah Region. Samuel YeyuTika, former parliamentary candidate for Mankarigu Daboya constituency, is the Deputy Minister-designate for the Savannah Region;
Solomon Namliit Boar, Member of Parliament for Bunkpurugu constituency and former Deputy Minister for Northern Region, is the Minister designate for North East Region. Tahiru Tia Ahmed, an educationist from Gambaga, is the Deputy Minister-designate for North East Region;
John Benam, former Member of Parliament for Zabzugu constituency, is the Deputy Minister-designate for Northern Region. Hon. Salifu Saeed remains the Minister for Northern Region;
Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, Member of Parliament for Bibiani/Anhwiaso/Bekwai constituency and former Deputy Minister for Health, is the Minister-designate for Western North Region. Hon. Alex Tetteh, Member of Parliament for Sefwi Akontombra constituency, is the Deputy Minister-designate for Western North Region;
Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Member of Parliament for Takoradi constituency and former Deputy Minister for Aviation, is the Minister-designate for Western Region. Hon. Eugenia Gifty Kusi remains Deputy Minister for Western Region;
Mr. Johnson Avuletey is the Deputy Minister-designate for Volta Region. Dr. Archibald Letsa remains Minister for Volta Region; and
Kwasi OwusuYeboah, Ghana’s Ambassador to the Togolese Republic, is the Minister-designate for the Oti Region. Maxwell Blagodzi, the former Deputy Minister for Volta Region, is the Deputy Minister for Oti Region.
The President is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the vetting of the Regional Ministers-designate and Regional deputy Ministers-designate to enable them assume their respective offices promptly, in order to begin and accelerate the establishment of the new regions, the statement indicated.