Oduro Osae: Ministerial reshuffle will energise govt

Dr Osae

Dr Osae

A governance expert, Dr Eric Oduro Osae, has stated that the ministerial reshuffle would energise the Akufo-Addo-led administration to deliver the electoral promises made to the citizenry, as election 2020 approaches.

He explained that the vacancy created at the Energy Ministry, as a result of the dismissal of Boakye Agyarko, might have necessitated the early release of the reshuffled list by the President.

Dr Osae noted that the list released might be phase-one of the reshuffle and Ghanaians should expect more ministers to be re-assigned to different ministries in the second phase.

He pointed out that the re-assigning of John Peter Amewu, the outgoing Minister of Lands and Natural Resources to the Energy Ministry was in the right direction, since Mr Amewu had worked in the energy sector in his professional career and would not experience much difficulty managing the sector.

However, Dr Osae indicated that the risk Mr Amewu might face was how he would work harmoniously with Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, the current Deputy Energy Minister, who served under Mr Agyarko.

A press statement from the Office of the President on August 9, 2018 and signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications, announced a shake-up in the ruling government.

Some ministers were re-assigned to different ministries while others were elevated.

For instance, a Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, was elevated to the position of Information Minister-designate.

Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the outgoing Minister of Information re-assigned to the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development, which was occupied by Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique, re-assigned to the Office of the Vice President as a Minister of State.

Otiko Afisa Djaba, outgoing Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection re-assigned Ambassador-designate to Italy and Cynthia Morrison, Member of Parliament for Agona West now Minister-designate to the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry.

Meanwhile, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister-designate, giving insight into the ministerial reshuffle, told the media that the reshuffle would help the government to deliver on its mandate.

Touching on a new thing he will bring on-board, he disclosed that the ministry had been implementing a government strategy for the past 20 months in ensuring proactive and responsive information-sharing, and would continue in that manner. -GNA


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