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General News of Thursday, 28 March 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Nana Addo defends size of government again

President Nana Akufo-Addo has once again justified the number of Ministers appointed to serve in his government.

President Akufo-Addo said his decision to appoint many Ministers will be understood when his current term as Head of State ends in 2021.

President Akufo-Addo was criticised for having over 100 ministers.
The President was speaking at the swearing-in of new regional ministers and their deputies for the six newly created regions.

His administration now has 125 ministers, over 30 more ministers more than his predecessors.

“As you know there are some who say my government is too big and there are too many of you. I am a firm believer in the adage the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

“I am confident you can do a good job and I look forward to working closely with you to bring progress and prosperity to our nation,” President Akufo-Addo also said of the new ministers he was swearing in.

Ghana welcomed six new regions in 2019; the Western North, Oti, Ahafo, Bono East, Savannah and North East regions.

These regions were carved out of the Western, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Volta regions.

Among the notable ministerial developments, the Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie was dropped and replaced with Deputy Aviation Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah.

The Member of Parliament for Atebubu, Kofi Amoakohene was made the Minister for the Bono East Region while Kwasi Owusu Yeboah was made Minister for the Oti Region.

The Appointments Committee of Parliament, however, withheld approval for the nominee for Bono Regional Minister Designate, Evelyn Kumi-Richardson.

The Bono Regional Minister Designate, Evelyn Richardson, who is currently MCE for Sunyani, had question marks raised about some of her academic qualifications during her vetting.

The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu insisted that the Evelyn Kumi-Richardson must provide further information on some audit queries and land issues under her purview as Sunyani MCE.