President Akufo-Addo has announced some 13 ministers-designate who will be serving in his government.
In his first official address of the nation to reveal the list, Akufo-Addo noted that the individuals he named were persons he trusted and was confident in their ability to help improve the various sectors in which they will be serving.
He noted that his government will revert to having a portfolio of a Senior Minister as it was in the erstwhile John Kufuor Administration. He said, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo, a retired banker, engineer and former Minister of State would occupy the portfolio of the Senior Minister.
Among the changes Akufo-Addo announced was a merger of the Ministry of Energy, Petroleum and Power.
Find the full list below:
Senior minister: Yaw Osafo Maafo
National security minister: Albert Kan Dapaah
Minister of Trade and Industry – Alan Kyeremanten
Minister of Finance –Ken Ofori-Atta
Minister of Agriculture – Owusu Afriyie Akoto
Minister of Energy – Boakye Agyarko
Minister of Defence – Dominic Nitiwul
Minister of interior – Ambrose Dery
Minister of Foreign affairs – Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey
Attorney General’s Department – Gloria Akufo
Minister of Local Government – Hajia Alima Mahama
Minister of Education – Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Minister of Health – Kwadwo Agyemang Manu
Akufo-Addo noted that he in the subsequent days; on Wednesday and Thursday, he will announce more names of individuals who will serve in his government that assumed office on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
The Ministers-designate named by the President will vetted and confirmed to serve in their respective offices as Ministers if they are found qualified by the vetting committee of Parliament.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has urged parliament to effectively scrutinize all his appointees and not “rubber stamp” them in “wholesale” as qualified.