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GHANA DESERVES BETTER - President tells appointees

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has indicated that he is of the firm belief that his appointees will be good team players, who will respect the collective commitment the NPP has made to provide honest and competent government for the people of Ghana.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has indicated that he is of the firm belief that his appointees will be good team players, who will respect the collective commitment the NPP has made to provide honest and competent government for the people of Ghana.

The President, speaking during the swearing in of four Ministers of State at the presidency, Tuesday, said Ghana deserved the best, and assured that he would make sure his appointees deliver to meet the needs and aspirations of the people.

The four were Sarah Adwoa Safo, Procurement; Kwesi Yankah, Education; Brian Acheampong, Presidency; and Nurah Gyeile, Agriculture.

The president said his decision to appoint two ministers of State at the Education and Agriculture ministries was based on the fact that those two ministries “needed additional talents to ensure the success of those important departments of state.”

 “On February 10, I swore into office the third and final batch of the four ministers of the central government. Their ministerial roles and functions have been clearly defined. I subsequently decided that in two of the critical ministries, i.e. education and agriculture, I needed additional talents to ensure the success of those important departments of state,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said.

“The Ministry of Education is one of the largest in our state machinery, dealing with all aspects of our educational structure from Kindergarten to the tertiary level. Each level has its own preoccupations. None more so than at the tertiary stage,” the President added.

According to him, his predecessors found it necessary to appoint persons to have responsibility for tertiary education within the overall structure of the ministry of education, since the resolution of the issues and challenges associated with it was absolutely essential to the development of the nation.

On the appointment of Prof Yankah as Minister in charge for tertiary education, the President said he was lucky to have been blessed to have “an accomplished academician with a wide range of achievements who is a popular figure in our country and in whom I have absolute confidence.”

“By the same token, I think it necessary to strengthen the Ministry of Agriculture. It is obvious that a successful agricultural sector makes for the successful economy,” he added.

President Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that the problems facing the country, including the decline in the agricultural sector, corruption, the low growth rate of the economy, and the revenue leaks, required bold measures to address them.

On the appointment of Sarah Adwoa Sarfo as the minister in charge of procurement, the president explained that, “I think we will all agree that one of the most controversial and perhaps most costly of our public engagement of the last few years has been the administration of our law of public procurement.”

To this end, President Nana Akufo-Addo explained that the government wanted to ensure that “sole sourcing is confined to the exceptional circumstances provided for in the law and that competitive bidding is the normal principle of all public transactions.”