Akufo-Addo’s reshuffle uninspiring; won’t address economic mess – Ato Forson

The Minority in Parliament has criticised President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial reshuffle, stating that the “injury time” cabinet shake-up will fix the country’s economic crisis.

Labelling the shake-up as lacking inspiration, Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Forson said n a press statement issued on Wednesday that it was belated and will not have any positive impact on the economy to assuage the plights of Ghanaians.

“It is also too little too late, coming barely nine months to the exit of the government. Neither will it solve the suffering and hardships confronting the people of Ghana as a result of the bad governance and massive uncontrolled corruption of the Akufo-Addo and Alhaji Bawumia’s government,” the Minority Leader argued.

“These injury time reserves, who have been on the bench for more than seven years without warm-up, cannot make any meaningful impact in the remaining nine months to salvage the sinking ship and the massive economic mess created by Alhaji Bawumia and his economic mismanagement team.”

Dr Ato Forson emphasised that the tenure of Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government has been characterised by excessive borrowing, unsustainable debt.

“The tenure of this government has been characterised by excessive borrowing, unsustainable debt, an economic crisis, high appetite for taxes, poor governance, reckless and wasteful expenditures, siphoning of state resources into private pockets of government appointees, as well as state capture by family and friends of the President and his Vice.”

Akufo-Addo’s reshuffle comes few months after the resignation of former Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen and Agriculture Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, who stepped down to concentrate on their political campaigns.

In accordance with the 1992 Constitution, the President formally notified the Speaker of Parliament of the government’s new composition on Tuesday, February 13.

New individuals have been appointed to ministerial positions, while others have been reshuffled to different ministries.


One minister who was under constant fire to resign over the economic challenges, Ken Ofori-Atta was finally relieved of his duties in the shake-up.

Other ministers who have been in office since the beginning of the NPP’s government: Road Minister Kwasi Amoako-Atta and Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu have also been relieved of their duties. Dr Okoe Boye replaces Agyeman Manu as Health Minister.

(L-R) Agyeman Manu, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Ken Ofori-Atta, Asenso Boakye

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah was moved to the Works and Housing Ministry, while his deputy Fatimatu Abubakar takes over as the substantive Minister.

Francis Asenso Boakye moves to the Roads Ministry  as the substantive Minister.

Interior Minister Ambrose Dery has also been reassigned to the office of the President as Minister of State.

Deputy Energy Minister Andrew Egyapa Mercer has been assigned a new role as the Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts.

The recent reshuffle has impacted around 13 ministers of state, comprising 10 cabinet ministers and two regional ministers.

A press release from the presidency on Wednesday, February 14, catalogued the sacked ministers, those reassigned and newly appointed.


Source: Myxyzonline.com

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