President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Saturday accepted the resignation of the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resource, Cecilia Abena Dapaah.
In a post on his Facebook wall, the Director of Communications at the Office of the President, Eugene Arhin, said: “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has accepted the resignation from office of Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah as Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources and member of government.”
President Akufo-Addo applauded Cecilia Dapaah’s “loyalty to the image and standing of his government and thanked her also for her whole-hearted contribution and devotion to the progress of the government and the nation. He wished her the best in all her endeavours.
According to the post, the president said he would soon appoint a new Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources.
Ms Cecilia Dapaah tendered her resignation over news publications that alleged she had stack millions of dollars and Cedis in her private residence and insisted she does not want her personal issues to become a hindrance to the government.
Since Friday, July 21, 2023, social and traditional media had published stories about a court case involving a theft that took place last year in the home of the embattled Sanitation Minister.
The stories, according to the Minister, sought to suggest that “I own various huge sums of foreign currencies and millions of Ghana cedis which have been stolen from my home”
Ms Dapaah in her resignation letter said that her decision to resign from office was motivated by her wish not to allow her personal difficulties to become “a hindrance on the work of government”.
“Whereas I can state emphatically that those figures do not represent correctly what my husband and I reported to the police, I am very much aware of the import of such stories around someone in my position. I am resigning therefore because I do not want this matter to become a preoccupation of government and a hindrance to the work of government at such a crucial time,” her letter said.
“I intend to co-operate fully with all state agencies to enable them fully establish the facts. I have no doubt whatsoever that at the end of the processes, it will be fully established that I have conducted myself with integrity during my period in public service and I will be fully exonerated from all the allegations that have filled the public domain in the past 24 hours.
“I thank you my dear, Mr President, for the honour done me in giving me the opportunity to serve our beautiful nation Ghana,” Ms Dapaah concluded.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD