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2nd Ministerial list out: Akufo-Addo creates new ministries, re-aligns old

11 January, 2017

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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