President Nana Akufo-Addo has named 54 more minister and deputy minister nominees to serve under his administration. This brings the number to a whopping 110 ministers – the highest in Ghana’s political history.
Per the appointments, some ministries will have more than one deputy minister, with three deputy ministers going to each of the Ministries of Finance, Information, Energy, Agriculture and Local Government.
The 54 new minister nominees were presented to the House of Parliament for vetting and approval via a letter from the President, addressed to the Speaker of the Parliament on Wednesday 15th March, 2017.
Among the new nominees is the Deputy Majority Leader, Adjoa Sarfo who is named for the position of Minister of State for Public Procurement.
Nana Addo’s 110 Ministers
Nana Addo’s 110 ministers comprises 26 heads of ministries, 14 ministers of state, 10 regional ministers, 10 deputy regional ministers, and 50 deputy ministers. The ministers are broken down below, according to their stages of appointment and different ministries of service.
36 Approved and Sworn-in Ministers
The president had previously nominated 36 ministers whose list came in three batches of 12, 13 and 11 ministers respectively. Vetting of the ministerial nominees was held between 20th January and 9th February, and they were sworn-in at the Flagstaff House on 27th January, 7th February and 10th February in their respective batches. Below is the full list of the 36 already sworn in ministers.
- Senior Minister – Yaw Osafo Marfo
- National Security Minister – Albert Kan Dapaah
- Trade and Industry Minister – Alan Kyeremateng
- Finance Minister – Ken Ofori Atta
- Minister of Agriculture – Dr. Akoto Osei Afriyie
- Energy Minister – Boakye Kyeremanten Agyarko
- Defence Minister – Dominic Nitiwul
- Foreign Affairs Minister – Shirley Ayorkor Botchway
- Interior Minister – Ambrose Dery
- Attorney General Minister – Gloria Akufo
- Local Government Minister – Hajia Alima Mahama
- Education Minister — Mathew Opoku Prempeh
- Health Minister — Kwaku Agyemang-Manu
- Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation – Dr Anthony Akoto Osei
- Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Special Projects – Dan Kwaku Botwe
- Minister for Lands and Forestry – John Peter Amewu
- Minister for Gender and Social Protection – Otiko Afisah Djaba
- Minister for Employment and Labour Relations – Ignatius Baffour-Awuah
- Minister for Transport – Kwaku Ofori Asiamah
- Minister for Railways Development – Joe Nana Ghartey
- Minister for Roads and Highways – Kwesi Amoako-Atta
- Minister for Communications – Ursula Owusu Ekuful
- Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation – Joseph Kofi Adda
- Minister for Works and Housing – Samuel Atta Akyea
- Minister for Environment Science and Technology – Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng
- Minister for Planning – Prof. Gyan Baffour
- Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts – Catherine Ablema Afeku
- Minister of Information – Mustapha Hamid
- Minister for Special Development Initiative – Mavis Hawa Koomson
- Minister of Youth and Sports – Isaac Asiamah
- Minister of Fisheries– Elizabeth Afoley Quaye
- Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs – Kofi Dzamesi
- Minister of Aviation – Cecelia Dapaah
- Minister of Inner cities and Zongo Development- Abubakar Boniface Siddique
- Minister of Business Development- Awal Mohammed
- Minister for Parliamentary Affairs – Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu
10 Regional Ministers – Approved and Sworn-in
President Akufo-Addo also appointed 10 regional minister-nominees who appeared before the Parliament Appointments Committee for vetting from Tuesday, February 14 to Thursday, February 16. Their nomination were subsequently approved by the parliament on Friday, February 17 and they were sworn in on the evening of same day. Below is the full list.
- Dr. Kwaku Afriyie (Western Region)
- Mr. Simon Osei Mensah (Ashanti Region)
- Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour (Eastern Region)
- Mr. Ishmael Ashitey (Greater Accra Region)
- Dr. Archibald Letsa (Volta Region)
- Mr. Alhassan Suleiman (Upper West Region)
- Mr. Rockson Bukari (Upper East Region)
- Mr. Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh (Brong Ahafo Region)
- Mr. Kwamena Duncan (Central Region)
- Mr. Salifu Sa-eed (Northern Region)
10 Deputy Regional Minister-nominees
Vetting of the deputy regional minister-nominees which was commenced on Tuesday, March 14, will end today, Thursday, March 16. Below are names of the deputies and their respective regions.
- Upper East Region – Frank Fuseini Adongo (MP)
- Upper West Region – Amidu Ishaq
- Northern Region – Solomon Namliit Boar (MP)
- Brong Ahafo Region – Evans Opoku
- Ashanti Region – Elizabeth Agyeman
- Western Region -Eugenia Gifty Kusi
- Eastern Region – Joseph Tetteh (MP)
- Central Region – Thomas Agyei Baffour
- Greater Accra Region – Elizabeth Kwatsoo Tetteh Sackey
- Volta Region – Maxwell Blagogee
4 New Ministers of State Nominees
Below are names of the new nominees to serve as ministers of state:
- Minister of State at the Office of the President in charge of Public Procurement – Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo
- Minister of State at the Office of the President – Brian Acheampong
- Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture – Nurah Gyeile
- Minister of State at the Ministry of Education in charge of Tertiary Education – Kwesi Yankah
50 Deputy Minister Nominees
Here are nominees to serve as deputy ministers at various ministries –
- Kwaku Kwarteng – Ministry of Finance
- Hon Abena Osei Asare – Ministry of Finance
- Charles Adu Boahen – Ministry of Finance
- Owuraku Aidoo – Ministry of Energy
- Joseph Cudjoe – Ministry of Energy
- Mohammed Amin Anta – Ministry of Energy
- Osei Bonsu Amoah – Ministry of Local Government and Rural Dev’t
- Collins Ntim – Ministry of Local Government and Rural Dev’t
- Kwasi Boateng Agyei – Ministry of Local Government and Rural Dev’t
- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – Ministry of Information
- Ama Dokuaa Asiamah Agyei – Ministry of Information
- Perry Curtis Kwabla Okudzeto – Ministry of Information
- William Agyapong Quaitoo – Ministry of Agriculture
- Sagre Bambangi – Ministry of Agriculture
- George Oduro – Ministry of Agriculture
- Hon Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah – Ministry of Trade and Industry
- Robert Ahomka-Lindsey – Ministry of Trade and Industry
- Hon Kwabena Owusu Aduomi – Ministry of Roads and Highways
- Hon Anthony N-Yoh Puowele Karbo – Ministry of Roads and Highways
- Benito Owusu Bio – Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
- Barbara Oteng Gyasi – Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
- Freda Prempeh – Ministry of Works and Housing
- Eugene Antwi – Ministry of Works and Housing
- Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum – Ministry of Education
- Barbara Ayisi Acher – Ministry of Education
- Godfred Dame – Office of Attorney General and Ministry of Justice
- Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka – Office of Attorney General and Ministry of Justice
- Hon Kingsley Aboagye – Ministry of Health
- Hon Gyedu Tina Mensah – Ministry of Health
- Kwaku Agyenim Boateng – Ministry of Railways Development
- Andy Appiah-Kubi – Ministry of Railways Development
- Mohammed Habbib Tijani – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
- Charles Owiredu – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
- George Andah – Ministry of Communications
- Vincent Sowah Odotei – Ministry of Communication
- Patrick Boamah – Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation
- Michael Yaw Gyato – Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation
- Maj. Derrick Oduro – Ministry of Defence
- Henry Quartey – Ministry of The Interior
- Patricia Appiagyei – Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation
- Martin Agyei-Mensah Korsah – Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and Development
- Nii Kwartei Titus Glover – Ministry of Transport
- Bright Wireko Brobbey – Ministry of Employment And Social Welfare
- Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe – Ministry of Fisheries And Aquaculture
- Kwabena O. Darko-Mensah – Ministry of Aviation
- Paul Essien – Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
- Gifty Twum Ampofo – Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
- Pius Enam Hadzide – Ministry of Youth And Sports
- Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi – Ministry of Tourism, Creative Arts And Culture
- William Kwasi Sabi – Ministry of Monitoring And Evaluation
Ghanaians React To Ministerial Appointments
President Nana Addo’s decision to appoint some 110 Ministers has generated huge criticisms among Ghanaians who have described the move as an outrageous one. Many Ghanaians who could not hide their dissatisfaction, took to various social media platforms to vent their grievances.
Many suggested that the President in most cases was rewarding party loyalty by giving out positions as a means of compensation to those who played one role or the other to see him as the president. A lot more complained about the impact the numerous appointments will have on state funds such as “more ministers-more V8s”!
Why Not One District-One Minister? – Asiedu Nketia
Just like many other Ghanaians, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has decried the appointment of 110 ministers by President Nana Addo. According to him, a large government is not a prerequisite for the realisation of NPP’s promised economic transformation.
Mr Nketia in an interview with Joy News, complained that the numerous appointments are going to put pressure on the national purse, as these persons must have to be provided with all the necessary services due to government officials.
Mocking Nana Addo’s “one this-one that” promises, the NDC Chief Scribe said “they should proceed to appoint one minister, one district and one minister, one constituency.”
Nana Addo Playing ‘Chaskele’ with Appointments – Muntaka Mubarak
The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, has likened President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominations to the game of ‘chaskele’ saying it appears the portfolios were just being passed on to “everyone.”
Speaking to Citi News after the parliament received the list of new minister-nominees, Mr. Mubarak described the move as ‘most ridiculous’. He expressed shock and disappointment over the numerous appointments, especially while considering Nana Addo’s calls for austerity measures.
“This is the most ridiculous. Someone who is telling the whole country to tighten their belt. Look at the goods and services of more than 22 ministries put together. It is not even up to the goods and services of the government machinery. They are just adding on as if with the greatest respect, it is some ‘chaskele’; you just keep passing…” He lamented.
The Chief Whip also complained that the numerous appointments have left the majority side of parliament with many first-time MPs who may not be competent enough to play oversight roles as Chair of the various committees of the house, as most older MPs have now been appointed ministers.
110 Ministers To Devour an Estimated GH¢20 Million Annually!
It has been revealed that government will have to spend about GHS20, 211, 048 annually, in form of salaries for the 110 ministers and deputies. This implies that at the end of the four-year mandate of the Akufo-Addo led administration, a total amount of GHS 80, 844, 192 would have been spent on their salaries alone.
The sum of the salary estimates was based on figures from a recommendation in a report of Presidential Committee on Emoluments signed by Prof Dora Francisca Edua-Buandoh, which announced a 10 per cent raise from January 2017.