“Too many people have complained of arrogance in some of our appointees, and we need to remember that we serve at the pleasure of our people. Humility and modesty should be our hallmark,” President Mahama said this at the Flagstaff House, Kanda, Accra, when he swore in the newly-appointed Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State.
The appointees, who were recently vetted and subsequently approved by Parliament, are Alexander Segbefia, Minister of Health; Peter Anarfi-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister; and Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.
The rest are Samuel Yaw Adusei, Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing; and Kenneth Gilbert Adjei, Deputy Minister of Defence.
They swore the Oaths of Allegiance, Secrecy and Office, administered by the President, who later presented them with their Instruments of Office.
President Mahama reminded the ministers of state that, “the positions that we are given are not our property, and we serve at the pleasure of the people of Ghana. Just as you have been appointed today, tomorrow you could be removed or shifted elsewhere, and you should always remember that when that happens, the office belongs to the people of Ghana and not to us.”
He, therefore, urged public officials to see their appointments as an opportunity to contribute to the agenda for transforming the country and growing the economy.
The President explained that reshuffling of ministers formed part of efforts by the government to change the face of its administration.
President Mahama touched on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the country, and said the government was vigorously reviewing their management to ensure greater efficiency.
He said the move by the government to streamline the SOEs’ management to engender efficiency, was due to the fact that such organisations directly impacted the lives of the citizenry.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr. Segbefia, a former Deputy Chief of Staff and former Deputy Defence Minister, thanked the President for the confidence reposed in them, and pledged their readiness to discharge their duties assiduously, saying, “We are very much alive to the fact that we have to hit the ground running, and we will not let you down”.
By Samuel Nuamah