President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointing Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba as an Ambassador to Italy is a good riddance which will also save the image of the government, the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has said.
In his first ministerial reshuffle since assuming power in January 2017, President Akufo-Addo on Thursday August 9,2018 reassigned fifteen ministers, replacing the vociferous Gender Minsiter with Agona West MP, Cynthia Morrison.
Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid was reassigned to the Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development while his deputy, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah was promoted to take charge of the Ministry.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah
But in the view of Mr Asiedu Nketiah who was not enthused by the reshuffle simply because it did not affect the ‘bloated’ size of government, Otiko Djaba’s reassignement was ” a good riddance.”
To him, the gender Minsitry was not up to task because she could exchange vituperations with the leadership of her party and other government appointees in public.
He told host of the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ 93.1MHz, Neil Armstrong –Mortagbe, that Otiko Djaba and Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid were ministers who were on top speed to sink the image of the New Patriotic Party government.
“…This government will have been far better off without Otiko Djaba, and Mustapha hamid at the Infrmation Ministry than what he (President Akufo-Addo) allowed to be visited on the image of his government. Mustapha Hamid, from the beginning, carried into government the same campaign rhetroics that he used during the 2016 elections. He somehow forgot that he had sworn an oath to this nation the truth and so he kept with the lies even as a Minister of Information to the extent that the government was portrayed as a confused government. you’ll hear one statement coming from the Presidency only to be contradicted by what comes from the Information Minister’s office,” he explained.
Adding that Dr Abdul-Hamid was on a task to embarrass the president, the chief scribe of the NDC referred to the controversial AMERI renegotiation deal that cost former Energy minister Boakye Agyarko his job as one of the instances where the former Information Minister exposed his incompetence to the world through information which was not accurate, adding that it “damaged the image of the president.”
Zongo Ministry Good
Meanwhile, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid who claims he has not been demoted has revealed that he is not worried to be reassigned to serve at the Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development.
Speaking in a telephone interview on Joy FM shortly after the ministerial reshuffle, he expressed willingness to serve at his new ministry while his former deputy, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, replaced him as a substantive minister in the Information Ministry.
Explaining that he did not see the re-assignemnet as a demotion, the Islamic scholar indicated that he would have seen it as a decrease in rank if the president had taken him off his cabinet.
“… We are all ministers, we all sit in Cabinet and so on, that hasn’t changed. If I had been taken out of the Cabinet perhaps, you could say I have been demoted,” he reiterated and went on to tell how he was happy to serve in Muslim communities which he described as his people.
“… Even most importantly, I have been given a higher calling in my view, because there is no better service than service to your people…I am a Moslem and our scriptures tell us that, we have been created solely for the purpose of worship. In other words. the worship of the Almighty Allah, and therefore there is no better service to the Almighty Allah than service to a community that is largely inhabited by Moslems. Quite frankly, I am beside myself with excitement, I must tell you that,” said Dr Abdul-Hamid.
To him, as “a product of the Zongo community” he understands the psychology of the people and their needs, stressing that “you need that connection to be able to serve the people and I believe that the president has made the right calculation in deciding that you need somebody who understands the philosophy that underpins the Zongo community, which of course is Islam.”
Story by: Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/Ghana