Some six Ministers in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s first term of office have been given different portfolios in the new government.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who previously headed the Ministry of Education and saw the implementation of the free Senior High School policy, is now the Minister-designate for Energy while Dan Botwe who was the former Minister for Regional Reorganisation is now the Minister-designate for Local Government, Decentralisation & Rural Development.
Sarah Adwoa Safo who was the former Minister for Procurement will now head the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection.
Dr. Kwaku Afriyie in the previous Akufo-Addo government served as the Minister for the Western Region. He was subsequently moved to serve as the Minister of State in charge of all state-owned enterprises. But in his new government, Akufo-Addo has appointed him to the Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation Ministry.
The Energy Ministry in President Akufo-Addo’s first term was headed by John Peter Amewu. Mr. Awewu will now serve in the Railway Development Ministry while Awal Mohammed who was the Minister for Business Development will now be in the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Presidency on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
The names have been submitted to Parliament for vetting and approval.
Deputy Ministers elevated
In a related development, four former Deputy Ministers have been given the chance to serve as substantive ministers in Akufo-Addo’s new government.
Godfred Dame – Attorney General and Minister for Justice
Freda Prempeh – Works and Housing (Minister of State)
Joseph Cudjoe – Public Enterprises
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum – Education
Below is the full list of nominees