Ghana’s Akufo-Addo Appoints New Deputy Ministers

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has finally released a list of deputy ministers, subject to ratification by Parliament.

According to a statement from the presidency, a list of 39 deputy ministers appointed under 24 portfolios has been submitted to the Speaker of Parliament today.

The ministries of Trade, Local Government and Energy have three deputy minister-nominees. Also on the list are first time Members of Parliament like John Ampontuah Kumah and Hassan Tampuli.

The list had been highly anticipated since the vetting of Ken Ofori-Atta, who was the last minister nominee to appear before Parliament’s Appointments Committee on March 26, 2021.

In all, ten of the nominees are women; a number of the Ministers are also maintaining their portfolio from President Akufo-Addo’s first term in office. These include Mohammed Amin Adam, William Owuraku Aidoo at the Energy Ministry, Abena Osei-Asare at the Finance Ministry, Osei Bonsu Amoah at the Local Government, Decentralisation & Rural Development and Tina Mensah at the Health Minister, among others.

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Also, a former deputy Minister of Finance, Charles Adu-Boahen, was nominated as the Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance.

President Akufo-Addo hopes that “just as was done for his Ministers, Parliament will, on a bi-partisan basis, expedite the approval of his Deputy Ministerial nominees, so they can join the Government forthwith, and assist in the delivery of his mandate for his second term in office.”

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