Ministerial reshuffle strategic – Oppong Nkrumah
The incoming Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show attributed his new shuffled position and other ministers as a strategic move by President Akufo- Addo.
According to him, the President is moving a few people around in accordance to achieving his plans for the country ahead of the 2020 election.
He stated that this strategic plan includes finishing some works in the inner Zongos development Ministry and the removal of the former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko.
“The President is of the view that he has to move a few people around, a limited shuffle of some of his minister to achieve some strategic plans, especially after the exit of Mr. Boakye Agyarko, the former Energy Minister,” he stated.
He further went ahead to state that his new position as Minister for Information was agreed upon after a consultation between his former boss former Information Minister Mustapha Hamid and the President.
“When he[Akufo- Addo] explained to me that he needed some work done at the inner city and Zongo development ministry, as the former Minister Boniface Abubakar Siddique moves to assist the vice president in his office, so he is moving my boss there and in consultation with my boss[Mustapha Hamid], he desires that I take my boss’s place,” he said.
He concluded by saying the real challenge ahead is the delivering in accordance with the President’s expectation.
Below is the list of Ministers who have been reassigned
1. John Peter Amewu, former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and acting Minister for Energy, is now Minister for Energy;
2. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Minister for Lands and Natural Resources;
3. Hon. Kofi Adda, Member of Parliament for Navrongo constituency and former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, is now Minister for Aviation;
4. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, former Minister for Aviation, is now Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources;
5. Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, former Minister for Information, is now Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development;
6. Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Member of Parliament for Ofoase/Ayirebi constituency and former Deputy Minister for Information, is now Minister for Information designate;
7. Hon. Cynthia Morrison, Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, is now Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection designate;
8. Paulina Tangoba Abayage, former Ambassador to Italy, is now Upper East Regional Minister designate;
9. Hon. Evans Opoku Bobie, Member of Parliament for Asunafo North constituency and former deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate;
10. Hon. Martin Oti Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North constituency, is now Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister designate;
11. Hon. Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Member of Parliament for Madina constituency and former Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, is now Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President;
12. Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President;
13. Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, is now Deputy Minister for Information;
14. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy Minister for Information, is now Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports;
15. Otiko Afisa Djaba, former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, is now Ambassador-designate to Italy.