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President Akufo-Addo swears in new ministers

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday administered the oaths of office and allegiance to 28 persons to be ministers in his new government after being vetted and approved by Parliament

He said the approval of all the nominees presented to parliament proves the positive cooperation between the Executive arm of government and the legislature, expressing the hope that the relations will remain strengthened.

“I am confident that together we will work to realize the vision of the mandate given to me by the Ghanaian people in the victory of 7th Decemenr2020, a victory which yesterday, 4th march was unanimously upheld in the lucid well-considered judgement by a 7-member panel of the Supreme Court presided over by the Chief Justice,” the president said duringthe ceremony at Jubilee House,the seat of government.

The Ministers are; Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Education, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Health, Francis Kwame Asenso-Boakye, Works and Housing, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, Lands and Natural Resources, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, Roads and Highways, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Transport, Mavis Hawa Koomson, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Albert Kan-Dapaah, National Security, and Minister for Justice, and Daniel Botwe, Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development.

Others are; Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Parliamentary Affairs, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Communications and Digitalization, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Food and Agriculture, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Energy, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, Trade and Industry, Dominic Nitiwul, Defence, Ambrose Dery, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Godfred Yaw Dame, Attorney-General and John Peter Amewu, Railway Development

The rest are; Cecilia Dapaah, Sanitation and Water Resources, Awal Mohammed, Tourism Arts and Culture, Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ignatious Baffour Awuah, Employment and Labour Relations, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Information, Mustapha Ussif, Youth and Sports, Joseph Cudjoe, Public Enterprises, and Freda Prempeh, Minister of State for Works and Housing.

President Akufo-Addo also urged the new ministers to demonstrate “leadership that will ensure that the work which we are embarking on, benefits the progress of our nation and help raise the living standards of our people. That is why we are here and that is why the Ghanaian people voted for

Meanwhile, Minister-designate for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta and Minister-designate for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Ebenezer Kojo Kum could not be sworn.

Ebenezer Kojo Kum was unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony due to ill-health.

On the other hand, Ofori Atta is yet to appear before the Appointments Committee due to post-Covid-19 complications.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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