President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Tuesday January 10, 2017 released the names of the first batch of ministers to serve in his administration. In all, 13 persons have been designated pending approval by Parliament.
Designating the ministers at the Jubulee House, President Akufo-Addo reiterated his earlier position that the individuals who may get the chance to serve in his government would be individuals he trusts and is confident in their abilities to help improve the various sectors in which they will serve and the nation at large.
Yaw Osafo Marfo, a retired banker, engineer and former Minister of State was named as Senior Minister-designate.
One key move by Mr. Akufo-Addo was the merger of the Ministry of Energy and Power as was the case in the erstwhile Mahama administration. According to him, it does not make sense to him to separate the Energy from Power and therefore christened it as the Ministry of Energy, Petroleum and Power with Boakye Agyarko as minister-designate.
Below is the full list of the ministers-designate
Senior Minister – Yaw Osafo Marfo
National Security Minister – Kan Dapaah
Minister of Trade and Industry – Alan Kyeremanteng
Minister of Minister – Ken Ofori-Attah
Minister of Agriculture – Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie Akoto
Minister of Energy – Boakye Agyarko
Minister of Defence – Dominic Nitiwul
Minister of Interior – Ambrose Derry
Minister of Foreign Affairs – Ayorkor Botchwey
Attorney General – Lawyer Gloria Akufo
Minister of Local Government – Hajia Alima Mahama
Minister of Education – Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Minister of Health – Kwaku Agyemang Manu
Akufo-Addo noted that, on Wednesday and Thursday, he will announce more names of individuals who will serve in his government.
The Ministers-designate named by the President will vetted and confirmed to serve in their respective offices as Ministers, if they are found qualified by the vetting committee of Parliament.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has urged parliament to effectively scrutinize all his appointees and not “rubber stamp” them in “wholesale” as qualified.