President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed three persons as Ministers of State at the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Agriculture, and Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs following the resignation of their substantive Ministers.
The announcement was made by the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Alban Bagbin on the floor of the House on Tuesday when Parliament resumed sitting after recession.
The newly appointed persons are: Kobina Tahir Hammond, Minister for Trade and Industry, Bryan Acheampong, Minister for Food and Agriculture and Stephen Asamoah Boateng, Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
The President also nominated the following persons as Ministers of State, subject to the approval of Parliament: Mohammed Amin Adam, currently the Deputy Minister for Energy, as Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance to replace Mr Charles Adu Boahen, the former Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance.
Osei Bonsu Amoah, who is currently the Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, as Minister of State at the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.
In a letter address to the Speaker of Parliament, President Akufo-Addo said “As a consequence of the nomination of Hon. Mohammed Amin Adam as Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, I want to inform Parliament for its records that I intend to transfer Mr Herbert Krapa, currently Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry to the Ministry of Energy as Deputy Minister for Energy to replace Hon. Mohammed Amin Adam.”
The letter also stated that “As a result of the vacancy, which will be occasioned because of the reorganisationn of the government, I have, in accordance with Article 79 (1) of the Constitution, nominated Dr. Stephen Amoah, Member of Parliament for Nyhiaeso, as Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, subject to the approval of Parliament.”
“Mr Speaker, it is my hope that the approval of the above-named Ministers-designate and Deputy Minister-designate can be done expeditiously, to enable me to fill the vacant positions in the government, as soon as possible.”
This appointments had been occasion following the resignation on 3rd January, 2023 of Alan Kyerematen as Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto on 10th January, 2023 as Minister for Food and Agriculture and Ebenezer Kojo Kum, Member of Parliament for Ahanta West, on 3rd February 2023 as Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD
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