2nd Ministerial list out: Akufo-Addo creates new ministries, re-aligns old
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has released another list of ministers expected to serve in his government.
The list has 12 minister-designates bringing the total number of appointees to 25 with a promise of a third batch expected to be released by Friday.
A notable feature is the creation of two new ministries - The Ministry of Regional Re-organisation which would be headed by Okere MP, Dan Kwaku Botwe.
Akufo-Addo at a press conference Wednesday, explained the ministry will supervise the creation of new regions as promised by the NPP. Akufo-Addo has promised to split the Volta region to now have a new area - the Oti region and another from the Western region expected to be known as the Western-north region.
Nana Akufo-Addo said for this position, he needed "a heavy hitter, a political weight" in the person of the former NPP General Secretary who lifted the party out of opposition and into government in 2001.
President Akufo-Addo has also created the Ministry of Railways Development to be headed by Joe Nana Ghartey, a former Second Deputy Speaker and Attorney-General under erstwhile President John Kufuor.
There is also a new portofolio- Monitoring and Evaluation- which would be headed by Dr. Akoto Osei as Minister.
The President has also decoupled the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, re-aligning it into a new ministry called Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
The re-aligned ministry would be headed by Joseph Kofi Adda, MP for Navrongo Central. He was a former minister under the previous New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
Below is the list of second batch of Ministers-designate:
(a) Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation - Dr Anthony Osei Akoto
(b) Minister for Regional Re-organisation - Hon. Dan Kwaku Botwe
(c) Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation: Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng
(d) Minister for Lands and Natural Resources - John Peter Amewu
(e) Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection - Otiko Afisa Djaba
(f) Minister for Employment and Labour Relations: Hon Ignatius Baffuor Awuah
(g) Minister for Transport - Kwaku Ofori Asiamah
(h) Minister for Railways Development - Hon. Joe Nana Ghartey
(i) Minister for Roads and Highways – Kwesi Amoako Arthur
(j) Minister for Communication - Hon. Ursula Owusu
(k) Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources – Joseph Kofi Ada
(l) Minister for Works and Housing - Hon Samuel Atta Kyea
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