Ofori-Atta, other ‘big ministers’ removed in Akufo-Addo’s first major reshuffle

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Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has been removed from his position in a first major reshuffle by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

He is to be replaced by the Member of Parliament for Karaga, Mohammed Amin Adams who will spearhead the country’s financial management and economic policies for the rest of the administration’s term.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo finally announced the long-expected reshuffle of his Ministers, introducing new faces and reassigning roles among some in a major final shake-up.

This is the first major reshuffle that President Akufo-Addo has conducted since he took office in 2017 and perhaps reflects his intent to revitalize the administration and address the various challenges facing the nation in the last 11 months in office.

Titus Glover has been appointed as the new Greater Accra Regional Minister, stepping into a crucial role that oversees the administrative and developmental activities of Ghana’s most populous region.

Andrew Agyapa Mercer takes on the portfolio of Minister for Tourism, a sector pivotal to Ghana’s economic recovery and cultural promotion on the global stage.

Henry Quartey has been named the Interior Minister Designate, bringing his reputed administrative acumen to a role critical for national security and internal governance.

Meanwhile, Opheila Mensah is set to lead the Ministry of Environmental Science & Technology, emphasizing the government’s focus on sustainable development and technological innovation in tackling environmental challenges.

Lydia Alhassan, the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, has been appointed to the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, a sector vital for improving public health and access to clean water.

Meanehile, Oko Boye’s designation as Health Minister-Designate comes at a time when Ghana continues to navigate the health implications of the global pandemic and seeks to bolster its healthcare system.

Martin Adjei Mensah is poised to contribute to the Ministry for Local Government and Rural Development, a role pivotal in decentralizing governance and enhancing rural infrastructure and services.

Kojo Opong Nkrumah’s move to the Ministry of Works and Housing is set to address Ghana’s housing challenges and infrastructural development needs.

His deputy, Fatimatu Abubakar steps into the role of Information Minister-designate, tasked with managing the government’s communication strategy and ensuring transparency.

Francis Asenso-Boakye replaces Kwasi Amoako-Atta at the Ministry for Roads and Highways, highlighting the administration’s commitment to improving the nation’s road network.

Lastly, Darkoa Newman’s assignment to the Ministry for Gender, Children, and Social Protection signals a continued emphasis on social equity, protection, and empowerment of vulnerable groups within the society.

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