President submits list of 46 appointed ministers to Parliament

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has today submitted a list of 46 ministerial appointees to Parliament for vetting.

This is contained in a statement from the presidency, dated January 21, 2021, signed by Acting Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin.

Per the statement the President has reduced the number of sector, deputy and regional ministers in his previous government from 126 to 85 in this new government.

There are total of 30 sector Ministers and 16 Regional Ministers, which include eight (8)  women, out of which six (6) are Ministers and two (2) are Regional Ministers.

The President has also realigned seven special purpose ministries because, according to the statement, those ministries have achieved their purpose so their existence is no more relevant.

“The Office of the Senior Minister has also been abolished,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, a Minister for Public Enterprises, who will operate from the office of the president, is a new inclusion in the list.

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has also been renamed to include Decentralization, to enable it finish up the work started by the scrapped Regional Re-organisation Ministry.

Below is the full statement

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO’S NEW GOVERNMENT

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will, on Thursday, 21st January 2021, submit to Parliament the list of proposed Ministers and Regional Ministers of his new government to the Speaker of Parliament for the process of their prior approval for appointment, in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution.

As has already been correctly indicated, the total number of Ministers to be appointed by
President Akufo-Addo will not exceed eighty-five (85), down from the one hundred and twenty six (126) that characterised his first term in office.

Seven Ministries, namely Aviation, Business Development, Inner City and Zongo Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Planning, Regional Re-organisation and Development, and Special Development Initiatives, have been realigned. The President has effected this realignment because virtually all these special-purpose Ministries have achieved the purposes for which they were established. The Office of the Senior Minister has also been abolished. This will result in a total of twenty-eight (28) Ministries, down from the thirty-six (36) of his first term.

Furthermore, the President intends to appoint a Minister for Public Enterprises, who will be operating directly under the ambit of the Presidency, and not from a Ministry. The Minister will oversee a major restructuring of the entire state-owned enterprises sector to improve the productivity and profitability of the sector.

A Minister of State has been nominated, and, if approved, will be assigned to the Ministry of Works and Housing, in addition to the substantive Minister, to give special focus to the critical issue of affordable, mass housing, envisaged as one of the priorities of the President’s second term.

In all, President Akufo-Addo will appoint a total of thirty (30) Ministers, and sixteen (16) Regional Ministers, bringing the total number of Ministers to forty-six (46). Eight (8) of this number are women – six (6) Ministers and two (2) Regional Ministers. This is the list that will be submitted to Parliament by the President on Thursday.

The President has decided that there will be no Deputy Regional Ministers. At an appropriate date, the President, in accordance with the Constitution, will submit to Parliament the list of all Deputy Ministers of State for its approval.

Activities of the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry are to be brought under the
Presidency, with a Co-ordinator appointed to supervise, as well as exercise oversight
responsibility over the Zongo Development Fund.

The newly-renamed Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development will be tasked with overseeing the outstanding activities of the erstwhile Regional Re-organisation and Development Ministry. Matters to do with the Special Development Initiatives Ministry will be co-ordinated from the Presidency, as will be those of the Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry.

The Aviation Ministry is to be merged into an enlarged Ministry of Transport, with activities of the Ministry of Planning also being subsumed under the Ministry of Finance. The Business Development Ministry is to be merged with the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

A new Minister for Energy is to be appointed, who will be assisted by deputy Ministers, one of whom will be an indigene of the Western Region.

On Wednesday, 20th January, and Thursday, 21st January, President Akufo-Addo held one-onone meetings with the new Ministers-designate, as well as with his first-term Ministers who will not transition into the new government, to break the news to them.

To the Ministers-designate, President Akufo-Addo congratulated them on their nominations, and expressed his expectation that they will be promptly approved by Parliament, to allow them to start work forthwith. To the former Ministers, the President assured them of possible roles to be played in the larger governmental structure, and wished them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

Eugene Arhin
Ag. Director of Communications
Office of the President

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