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PRESIDENT NAMES DEPUTY MINISTERS

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The President’s Spokesperson and Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, has stated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was guided by the competencies and experiences of his appointees in forming a government capable of lifting the country out of its current economic woes.

The President’s Spokesperson and Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, has stated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was guided by the competencies and experiences of his appointees in forming a government capable of lifting the country out of its current economic woes.

 

Briefing journalists on the last batch of names submitted to parliament for vetting and approval as ministers of state and deputy ministers yesterday, Mr Hamid maintained, “President Akufo-Addo is mindful of the output Ghanaians expect from him by the end of his tenure and as such, following all legal requirements in appointing competent people who can help him to efficiently deliver on his mandate.”

The President yesterday submitted names of 54 appointees, comprising four Ministers of State and 50 Deputy Ministers, to parliament for consideration, bringing the entire composition of his government, including Ministers who had already been approved, to 110.

Mr Hamid dismissed assertions that the size of the government could drain the national purse.

“I don’t think the size of a government is a determiner of its output. We have decided to put in place a team that is efficient and competent and that will scrutinise every government process and ensure that this country really becomes the star of Africa unlike having a small-sized government which is negligent and thinks of just looting and fleecing the national purse,” he maintained.

He added that the NPP government had inherited an economy which was at its weakest point and demanded a “strong army” to resolve the challenges in a rapid manner to accelerate the progress of the country.

Mr Hamid urged Ghanaians to exercise patience and support the President “as he takes tough decisions that will in the end inure to our benefit as a country.”

Touching on public spending, the Minister said government would be mindful of excessive spending and in that light, “the President had appointed a Minister of State for procurement, Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, to check government against wasting public funds and protect the national coffers.”

The names of the 54 persons submitted to parliament for approval as Ministers of State and deputy ministers are Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, Minister of State at the Office of the President in charge of Public Procurement; Bryan Acheampong, Minister of State at the Office of the President; Nurah Gyeile, Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture and Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State at the Ministry of Education.

Three persons,  Kwaku Kwarteng, MP For Obuasi West; Abena Osei Asare, MP for  Atiwa East and Charles Adu Boahen have been nominated for deputy ministers at the finance ministry.

MP for the Afigya Kwabre West, Owuraku Aidoo; Joseph Cudjoe, MP for Effia and Mohammed Amin Anta will head to the Ministry of Energy as deputies.

The President also named O B Amoah, MP for Akuapem South; Collins Ntim, Offinso North MP and Kwasi Boateng Agyei, MP for New Juaben North, as deputy ministers for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, MP for Ofoase Ayirebi; Ama Dokuaa Asiamah Agyei, MP for Akropong and Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto, deputy communications director of the NPP, were named as deputy ministers for the information ministry.

The Ministry of Agriculture will have MPs for Akim Oda, Walewale and New Edubiase, William Agyapong Quaitoo, Sagre Bambangi and George Oduro respectively as deputies.

Whilst Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, Tema West MP, and Robert Ahomka-Lindsey head to the Ministry of Trade and Industry as deputy ministers, Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, MP for Ejisu and Anthony N-Yoh Puowele Karbo, Lawra MP, will deputize at the Roads and Highways Ministry.

Atwima Nwabiagya MP, Benito Owusu Bio, and MP for Prestea Huni Valley, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, were named as deputy ministers for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

Freda Prempeh, MP for Tano North, and Eugene Antwi, Subin MP, were also named as deputy ministers for Works and Housing while MPs Bosomtwi and Cape Coast North, Yaw Osei Adutwum and Barbara Ayisi Acher respectively were named as deputy ministers for Education.

The office of the of Attorney General and Ministry of Justice will have two deputies in the persons of Godfred Dame, a legal practitioner who represented the NPP during the 2012 election petition, and Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka.

The rest are Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, Tina Mensah, Health Ministry; Kwaku Agyenim Boateng, MP for Berekum  and Andy Appiah-Kubi, MP for Asante Akyem North, Ministry of Railways Development.

Others are Mohammed Habbib Tijani and Charles Owiredu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; George Andah and Vincent Sowah Odotei, Ministry of Communications; and Patrick Boamah and Michael Yaw Gyato, Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation; Major Derrick Oduro, Ministry of Defence; Henry Quartey, Ministry of the Interior; and Patricia Appiagyei, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation.

The rest are Martin Agyei-Mensah Korsah, Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and Development; Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, Ministry of Transport; and Bright Wereko Brobbey, Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare; Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe, Ministry of Fisheries And Aquaculture; Kwabena Darko-Mensah, Ministry of Aviation; Paul Essien, Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs; Gifty Twum Ampofo, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection; Pius Enam Hadzide, Ministry of Youth And Sports; Ziblim Barri Iddi, Ministry of Tourism, Creative Arts And Culture; and Kwasi Sabi William, Ministry of Monitoring And Evaluation.