Ministerial Reshuffle

QuansahThe President, John Mahama yesterday announced a Ministerial reshuffle that also saw the appointment of a number of new faces as Deputy Ministers and re-assignment of others.

The changes which were described as an ongoing process by a source who pleaded anonymity, because he was not mandated to speak on the matter, is the first major reshuffle since President Mahama assumed the leadership of the country on January 7, 2013.

In a release from the Flagstaff House Communication Department and copied to Times late last night, Mr. Acquinas Quansah, Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, has been nominated as Minister for the Central Region.

It said in accordance with Article 79(1) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, President Mahama also nominated three new Deputy Ministers of State.

They are Mrs. Mona Quartey for the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Dela Sowah, nominated for the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection and Dr. Victor Asare Bampoe, for the Ministry of Health.

The President further re-assigned six Deputy Ministers of State to different Ministries.

They include the Deputy Minister for Finance, Kweku Ricketts Hagan, who is now moving to the Deputy Ministry for Trade and Industry.

Mr. John Alexander Ackon, Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs is now Deputy Minister for the Ashanti Region, while Dr. Alfred Tia Sugri, has been moved from the Health Ministry to the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation as a Deputy Minister.

According to the release, Ebenezer Okletey Tei Larbi has been moved from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as a Deputy Minister, with Benita Sena Okity-Duah, moving to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, as the Deputy Minister.

Dr. Musheibu Mohammed-Alfa, of the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology & Innovation, is now Deputy Minister for the Upper West Region.

The source did not indicate whether the new ministers are going to replace those at post, but indications are that they may be re-assigned.

It said, the President would be doing further changes in the ongoing reshuffle.

This is the second nomination and re-assignment of Ministers by the President in the last two weeks.

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