Frimpong Boateng, Joe Ghartey And Others Fired As Same Old Faces Make Up Nana Addo’s Cabinet
Barely 24 hours after President Akufo Addo named his cabinet, it appears not very much has changed in terms of personalities who make up his government. A cursory glance through his ministerial list shows quite apart from a few ministries that have been scrapped a lot of the traditional ministries are being occupied by old and familiar faces . At least a total of 17 Ministers were retained in the same Ministry. However,there appears to be an attempt to give the ministerial team a fresh public image by the addition of new and particularly younger
faces like former Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor and Asenso Boakye who are both new to Ghana’s parliament. There were also a few casualties. Gloria Akuffo, Professor Frimpong Boateng, Isaac Asiamah and Joe Ghartey all lost their positions.
The Presidents list of Ministerial nominees quite clearly demonstrate his intention to reward loyalty and friendship as can be seen in the appointments of Finance Minister ,Ken Ofori-Ataa, Roads Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Ataa , Agric Minister, Dr Afriyie Akoto, Communications Minister,Ursula Owusu and Foreign Affairs Minister,Shirley Ayorkor Botchway. Political observers argue that one of the biggests mistakes of the Akufo Addo first term was the controversial Agyapa deal which was literally “cooked’ and spearheaded by Finance Minister,Ken Ofori Atta. Critics argued the decision to sell almost 76% of the country’s expected gold royalties to a special corporte vehicle in the tax haven of jersey was most reckless and corrupt. Many within and outside the NPP were upset about the deal which they claim nearly cost them the 2020 elections and the least they would have expected was to see a new face at the finance ministry. But that has not happened and the President has kept faith with his cousin. Campaigners of Dr Akoto Osei, a long standing spokesperson on finance for the NPP will be shattered as he will likely play no part in the second term of Akufo-Addo.
It is also unclear why he chose to retain National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, the good old chartered accountant has not been without controversy. The National Security Minister breached his own personal security when his purported lovebird video-recorded him during their distance love chat,but that was not enough to see him resign. Again, the volatile situation in the volta region which culminated in disturbances by the Homeland Study Group Foundation was a clear indication of failure on the part of national security. He definately must have worked some magic that we’re all not aware of.
Another controversial appointment is that of Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Minister who publicly confessed to having pulled the trigger and fired warning shots at a polling station. The Awutu Senya MP who was not reprimanded for her actions may likely have a hard time convinving the appointments commitee of parliament.
But if the results of the 2020 general elections are anything to go by it is certain that Ghanaians do not want business as usual. Unlike President Rawlings,Kufour,Mills and Mahama, Nana Addo’s administration did not witness any such reshuffles in the first term. Critics say keeping a Minister at a position for too long has the potential of breeding corruption because they become too comfortable and are able to strike deals.
It is regretable that someone like Dr Okoe Boye could not make it to becoming Health Minister ahead of the good old Kwaku Agyeman Manu. If the commucation by the Presidency that all MPs who lost their seat’s automatically relinquish their stakes in government is anything to go by then future attempts at Parliament are going to be keener.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has submitted to Parliament for approval, through the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, a list of names for appointment as Ministers in his new government.
This list includes the names of some 46 persons expected to fill the ministerial positions and support the president to fulfill his mandate in the next four years.
Ahead of this official statement, the Head of Communications, at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin issued a communique indicating that the total number of Ministers to be appointed by President in his second term will not exceed 85.