The apparent reluctance by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, to reboot his government by carrying out a ministerial reshuffle, has gotten some people busily doing it for him albeit mischievously.
In what appears to be a message to him, as to where he should shift the current appointees, who to kick out and who should be brought in to finish the remainder of his term.
President Akufo-Addo, has less than 23 months left of his second four years in office.
The list, which The Herald’s contacts in the Jubilee House; the seat of government, have described as “fake”, has Dominic Nitiwul and Kwasi Amoako Atta maintained in their respective ministries, but Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, removed from her beloved Communications Ministry to Foreign Affairs to replace Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, who according to ex-President John Dramani Mahama is interested in the position of the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
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Brian Acheampong, according to the fake list, had been made the Interior Minister and not the Agricultural Ministry, which he has been linked to by reports from the Jubilee House.
Ex-Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea, according to the list is supposed to make a return to his cousin’s government after a not too pleasant tenure in the first term. His maverick nature has been helpful to his political career despite his family ties to the President.
Samuel Abu Jinapor, according to the list is supposed to be heading towards the Trade and Industry Ministry, which was recently vacated by Alan Kyerematen, who is still chasing his presidential ambition. Abu, is currently the acting trade minister.
Below is the list described as “fake” but The Herald has learnt that sooner than later, President Akufo-Addo, could make some key changes to his government. The intended change, the paper picked up, could also affect the Majority bench in Parliament as happened to the minority bench with replacement of Haruna Iddrisu with Ato Forson.
*NEWLY CONFIRMED MINISTERIAL RESHUFFLE*
1. Minister for Roads & Highways – Maintained
2. Minister for Defence – Maintained
3. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration – Ursula Owusu
4. Minister for Interior – Bryan Acheampong
5. Minister for Works and Housing – Maintained
6. Minister for Food & Agriculture – Samuel Atta Akyea
7. Office of the Attorney General and Minister for Justice – Maintained
8. Minister for Lands and Natural Resources – Dan Botwe
9. Minister for Local Government and Rural Integration – Ignatius Baffour-Awuah
10. Minister for Trade and Industry – Abu Jinapor
11. Minister for Finance – Maintained
12. Minister for Health – Matthew Opoku Prempeh
13. Minister for Railways Development – Maintained
14. Minister for Employment and Labour Relations – O. B. Amoah
15. Minister for National Security – Maintained.
16. Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of National Security – Ambrose Dery
17. Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development – Maintained.
18. Minister for Communications – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
19. Minister for Education – Maintained
20. Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources – Maintained
21. Minister for Transport – Maintained
22. Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts – Maintained
23. Minister for Environment, Science and Technology – Maintained
24. National Security Minister – Maintained
25. Minister for Information – Herbert Krapah
26. Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection – Maintained
27. Minister for Youth and Sports – Maintained
28. Minister for Energy – Kwabena Tahiru Hammond