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Parliament approves Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees

By Vincent Ashitey
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Parliament has approved President Akufo-Addo’s new ministerial nominees by a majority decision.

The exercise was held without the Minority MPs who boycotted the proceedings on Friday, May 17.

After back and forth between the caucuses, the Minority indicated that they would not be part of the approval that would further increase Akufo-Addo’s government size.

“Mr Speaker, the Minority does not support the nominations of these ministers, because of what the country has gone through and continues to go through, including economic crisis, food insecurity, “dumsor”, and reckless borrowing.

“Businesses are struggling. While the government has asked Ghanaians to tighten their belts, the government has loosened its belts.


“Piling up ministers and deputies does not signal to the Ghanaians that the President understands the seriousness of the mess created,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, February 14 reshuffled his ministers appointing Dr Bernard Okoe Boye as the Minister of Health, Lydia Seyram Alhassan as the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, and Dakoa Newman as the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah was appointed Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development; Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, while Greater Accra Region and Oti Region went to Titus Glover and Daniel Machator respectively.

The deputy ministerial nominees are for Information, Sylvester Tetteh, Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Vincent Ekow Assafuah; Communications and Digitalisation, Charles Acheampong; Health Adelaide Ntim and Alexander Akwasi Acquah; Works and Housing Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah.

The rest are Lands and Natural Resources, Akwasi Konadu; Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Musah Abdul Aziz Ayaba; Energy John Kobina Sanie, and Collins Adomako Mensah; Education Kingsley Nyarko; Employment and Labour Relations Festus Awuah Kwofie; Gender, Children and Social Protection Benjamin Sekyere Yeboah.