Ken Ofori-Atta’s removal is the reshuffle needed not replacements – NDC Chairman
A National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman has told Ghanaians, especially the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who see replacement of ministers in Nana Addo’s regime as reshuffle that they do not appreciate and understand the concept.
Reacting to some changes in the Nana Addo administration, where some members of the party have been nominated to replace resigned ministers and also movement of some to the ministries, the Nyiaeso NDC chairman Ernest Afayam notes this by the stretch is no ministerial reshuffle.
He told Ultimate FM morning Show host Julius Caesar Anadem, that what Ghanaians were expecting was the removal of a key non-performing minister, the Finance Minister and not just replacement.
“This can’t be a reshuffle, what the president has done has no economic benefit, no technical benefit, how can this be a ministerial reshuffle” he quizzed
“You have a car which has a bad engine and, in this case, I am referring to the finance minister, why is he still there? The reshuffle Ghanaians wanted was the removal of Ken the finance minister, so the car of government can mover well. There is no confidence in what the president has done. No wonder we are where we are with our economy which has now crushed”, he lamented.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated three persons, two of whom are Members of Parliament, to replace ministers who have resigned their positions.
These are the ministers of Trade and Industry, Agriculture, and Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
Mr Kobina Tahir Hammond, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa, has been nominated as Minister of Trade and Industry to replace Mr John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen.
Member of Parliament for Abetifi, Brian Acheampong has been appointed Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture.
Member of Parliament for Karaga, Mohammed Amin Adam, who was stationed at the Energy Ministry as deputy Minister has been given a new post. He has been appointed Minister of State at the Finance Ministry. He is set to replace Charles Adu Boahen.
Stephen Asamoah Boateng has been appointed Minister-designate for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
Herbert Krapah, who was Deputy Minister at the Trade Ministry has been moved to the Energy Ministry as Deputy Minister-designate. He replaces Mohammed Amin Adam.
Dr Stephen Amoah MP for Nhyiaeso is now Deputy Minister-designate for Trade and Industry to replace Herbert Krapah and Member of Parliament for Akuapem South, Osei Bonsu Amoah, has been appointed Minister of State at the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry.
Some political observers are however disappointed the changes were not far reaching and also did not reflect cutting down government’s size which a number of people are looking forward to.