President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday sworn into office a Minister of State, and 39 deputy ministers, signaling the completion of the composition of members of the central government for his second term in office.
Numbering in total, 86 persons, they are made up of 31 Ministers of State, 16 regional ministers and 39 deputy ministers.
The ministers include a Minister of State, Charles Adu-Bohene, and two deputy ministers – Abena Osei-Asare and John Ampontuah Kumah, who heads to the Ministry of Finance.
Others include Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, Michael Okyere Baafi and Mr. Herbert Krapa for Trade and Industry Ministry; Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, William Owuraku Aidoo and Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer for the Ministry of Energy. The Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development Ministry has Augustine Collins Ntim, Osei Bonsu Amoah and Martin Kwaku Adjei-Mensah Korsah.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has, Thomas Mbomba, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, The Office of Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice has Alfred Tuah-Yeboah and Ms. Diana Asonaba Dapaah. Those for the Food and Agriculture Ministry are Yaw Frimpong Addo and Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru, as well as Rev. John Ntim Fordjour and Gifty Twum-Ampofo for the Ministry of Education.
For the Ministry of Health, Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah and Alhaji Mahama Asei Seini, Benito Owusu-Bio and George Mireku Duker for the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry. The Roads and Highways Ministry has Mavis Nkansah-Boadu and Stephen Pambiin Jalulah, and Alhassan Tampuli Sulemana and Frederick Obeng Adom for the Ministry of Transport.
Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Interior has Kofi Amankwah-Manu and Naana Eyiah respectively; Ama Pomaa Boateng, Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation; Abdulai Abanga, Works and Housing Ministry; Moses Anim, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and Kwaku Asante-Boateng, Ministry of Railway Development.
The rest are Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources; Mark Okraku-Mantey Tourism, Arts and Culture; Lariba Zuweira Abudu, Gender, Children and Social Protection; Bright Wireko-Brobbey, Employment and Labour Relations; Ms. Fatimatu Abubakar, Ministry of Information and Evans Opoku Bobie, Ministry of Youth and Sports.
A few months ago, President Akufo-Addo swore into office a Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and 13 deputy ministers.
Speaking at the swearing in ceremony after presenting them with their Instrument of Appointments, President Akufo-Addo tasked them to justify their selection especially “as you should know that there are many of your peers in the house who have not been selected, despite having similar claims of competence as yourselves.”
He said their appointments had come at a critical moment in the country’s history where the government had since 2020, steer the nation out of the COVID-19 pandemic that had caused unimaginable damage to lives, livelihoods and businesses across the world and Ghana being no exception.
The global economy was in a recession in 2020 and even though Ghana was among the few countries that recorded positive economic growth in that year, it has not been spared of by the impact of COVID-19.
President Akufo-Addo said, as a result the impact of the pandemic on the country’s economy, the government launched the GHC100 billion Ghana Care Obaatampa project to respond to it, and to revitalised and develop.
The objective of the project, the President noted, demands that “all of you gathered here” bring your knowledge and expertise to help prosecute it.
President Akufo-Addo said the success in this endeavour would be the consequences of the spirit of loyalty they exhibit to their Ministers, the quality of integrity which would permeates their work, as well as the handwork with which they bring on board.
Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, who spoke on behalf of her colleague deputy Ministers, thanked the President for the appointments and for reposing confidence in them.
The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry assured President Akufo-Addo that, they would justify their selection by working hard for the success of the State, the Government and the New Patriotic Party.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD