President Akufo-Addo urges Deputy Minister to exhibit diligence

Accra,- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged his newly sworn-in deputy ministers to perform their assigned roles with competence and integrity.

He said they should be guided by the fact that they were called to provide public service and not to engage in private gain.

“You have to remember at all times, the solemn commitment we in the NPP have made collectively and individually, jointly and severally, to serve the Ghanaian people honestly and competently. We are called to these public appointments to provide public service not to promote our person gains.

“An opportunity is being offered you to serve your country in an elevated capacity, seize the opportunity with humility but with determination and perform guided always by the Almighty God,” he said.

The President made the call when he swore into office 39 Deputy Ministers and a minister of state who were vetted and approved by Parliament, at a ceremony at the Jubilee House, Accra.

The event signalled the completion of the composition of the members of the central government of the President’s second term in office.

They number a total of 86 persons made up of 31 Ministers of State, 16 Regional ministers and 39 Deputy Ministers.

President Akufo-Addo, after administering the oaths of Secrecy, Allegiance and Office, admonished the officials to justify their inclusion in his government because their appointments had come at a critical moment, where his administration was steering the country out of the coronavirus pandemic that had wreaked havoc on lives, livelihoods and businesses across the world.

“We have launched the 100 billion Cedis Ghana cares Obaatanpa project to respond to it (the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic) to revitalize and develop our economy. The objectives of the project demand that all of you gathered here bring your “A” game to the table to prosecute it,” he said.

The President warned the Deputy Ministers that he would not tolerate acts of disloyalty and subversion of ministers, saying that loyalty to the minister is the fundamental premise for the success of their work.

‘I will not countenance any acts of disloyalty or subversion of your minister, for I will take such an act as disloyalty to me personally, and, by inference, disloyalty to the Party and the State.

‘Any deputy who thinks the route to advancement lies in your ability to subvert or undermine your minister, will be sadly mistaken. You will not profit from that conduct in the Akufo-Addo Presidency. I want you to work with your minister in all sincerity and transparency. That is the guarantee of your success, and our collective success,” he said.

He asked them to file their asset declaration expeditiously as demanded by law, and told them to strike an effective balance between their responsibilities as members of the Legislature and of the Executive.

He commended Parliament for exercising its constitutional powers of approval of members of his government with commendable dispatch and transparency, saying, ‘a sincere partnership between the Executive and Legislature was well for the Ghanaian people and democracy’.

The 39 deputy ministers include; Abena Osei-Asare, and John Ampontuah Kumah for the Finance Ministry; the trio of Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, Michael Okyere Baafi, and Mr. Herbert Krapa for the Trade and Industry ministry; and Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, MP, William Owuraku Aidoo, MP and Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, for the Ministry of Energy.

Messrs Augustine Collins Ntim, Osei Bonsu Amoah, and Martin Kwaku Adjei-Mensah Korsah go to the Local Government, Decentralization & Rural Development Ministry, whilst the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration had the duo of Thomas Mbomba, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong.

Alfred Tuah – Yeboah and Ms. Diana Asonaba Dapaah go to the Office of Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, and Yaw Frimpong Addo, and Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru, will deputise at the Food and Agriculture ministry.

The others are Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, and Gifty Twum-Ampofo, Education; Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah, and Alhaji Mahama Asei Seini, Health; Benito Owusu-Bio, and George Mireku Duker, Lands and Natural Resources; Mavis Nkansah – Boadu, and Stephen Pambiin Jalulah, Roads and Highways; Alhassan Tampuli Sulemana, and Frederick Obeng Adom, Transport; Kofi Amankwah – Manu, Defence; Naana Eyiah, Interior; Ama Pomaa Boateng, Communications and Digitalization; Abdulai Abanga, Works and Housing; Moses Anim, Fisheries and Aquaculture Development; and Kwaku Asante-Boateng, Railway Development.

The rest are; Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, 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, Information; and Evans Opoku Bobie, Youth and Sports.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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