Filling vacant positions not a reshuffle; it’s snobbish, crude – Gyampo reacts to Akufo-Addo’s latest nominees
Political Scientist at the University of Ghana Professor Ransford Gyampo has said the that filling vacant positions in Government is not synonymous with a reshuffle.
He described an insistence on not reshuffling in in the face of credible public opinion as snobbish and crude.
Prof Gyampo’s comments comes after President Akufo-Addo submission of some nominees as Ministers-designate to Parliament for vetting and approval so that he can appoint to them to their positions.
But after rumours of a pending reshuffle, the announcement of the names does not indicate a major reassignment of Ministers to key positions. Many had expected a shakeup of some sort in the Government. But the President does not seem to have seen the need to ‘shake up’ his Government.
“Filling vacant spaces in government is not coterminous with reshuffle. The intransigence about calls for reshuffle is snobbish. Refusing to pander to credible public opinion is no achievement. It is democratically crude,” Prof asserted.
Trade Minister Alan Kyeremanten and Agriculture Minister Owusu Afriyie Akoto resigned to pursue their presidential ambitions while Deputy Finance Minister Charles
Adu Boahen was relieved of his position in the wake of a bribery scandal. All of them have been replaced.
Review names and designations submitted to Parliament below for its action, according to the Parliament of Ghana.
Hon Kobina Tahiru Hammond – Minister for Trade and Industry
Hon Bryan Acheampong – Minister for Food and Agriculture
Hon Stephen Asamoah Boateng – Minister for Chieftancy and Religious Affairs
Hon Mohammed Anim Adam – Minister of State in the Finance ministry
Hon Herbert Krapah – Deputy Minister for Energy
Hon Dr Stephen Amoah – Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry