General News of Saturday, 10 February 2001
President John Agyekum Kufuor on Friday said his government faces a difficult challenge of rebuilding the nation and asked his ministers to show that they are equal to the task
He said he expects the ministers to work hard with humility in achieving the goals.
"You should not let the power and pomp of office overtake you," he said. "A minister means a servant," President Kufuor told four new ministers shortly after swearing them into office.
They are Mr Felix Owusu-Agyapong, Minister of Transport and Communications, Ms Christine Churcher, Minister of State for primary, secondary and girl-child education, Mrs Cecilia Ladze Bannerman, Minister of Manpower Development and Employment and Mr Ishmael Ashitey, Minister of State for fisheries.
They took the oaths of Allegiance, secrecy and that of a minister of state, pledging to preserve, uphold and defend the constitution.
President Kufuor charged them to take responsibility for their actions.
Mrs Bannerman thanked the President and assured him that they would work hard to bring honour to the government and the country.