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Akufo-Addo confused on ministerial appointments

 

 

 

It is passed one month and 145 hours, since Nana Akufo-Addo, took his second oath of office as President, but he is yet to make public key appointments unlike 2016, when he made key appointments, including his Minister of National Security, Chief of Staff and her deputies, long before his swearing in on January 7, 2017.

His apparent indecisiveness on who forms his next government, although he had experimented with many New Patriotic Party (NPP) folks in his first term in office, has left many party members equally confused and speculating as to what the President wants to do.

 

 

 

Among the speculation is, is President Akufo-Addo once again cannot look beyond his family members, as well as his friends, therefore, wants to appoint them into key positions as he did in his first term in office.

But party elements are beginning to vow that they are going to openly resist the President’s appointment of his family and friends.

 

 

The party’s failure to win the Speaker of Parliament position last Thursday, has been pointed to as the crack in the NPP and also a sign of many things to come.

The delay has also sparked claims of intense lobbying by members of the NPP, especially so when most ministers have been sent home and all boards dissolved, leaving key decision making to civil servants.

But in response to the vacuum created and growing agitation, came a letter signed by Akosua Frema Opare, announcing that the President has appointed some of his former Ministers as caretaker ministers until he makes new appointments and gets them approval to serve in his second term in office.

 

 

But the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has raised concerns over the arrangement to get ministers to still hold on to their ministerial positions even though their term in office is over, as illegal.

The individuals asked to be in their previous portfolios, include Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, former Minister for Information; Alan Kyerematen, former Minister for Trade and Industry; Ken Ofori-Atta, former Finance Minister and Domini Nitiwul; former Minister of Defence.

 

 

 

The others are Ambrose Dery, former Minister for Interior; Albert Kan Dapaah, former National Security Minister; and Hajia Alima Mahama, former Local Government Minister.

The Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, will also temporarily serve in the same position.

Again, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, have been left in a state of panic as reports suggest that most of them are not going to be reappointed by President Akufo-Addo, meaning decision making also at the local level is also hampered.

 

 

Additional reports available to The Herald is that, some Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are also going to be axed on the basis of age.

The claim is that most of them had long passed their statutory age for retirement, but had been kept in office on the basis of political expediency, but must now be sent home.

There are reports that the President won’t appoint more than 80 ministers and deputies unlike 125 in his first term, thus tying the President hands. Interestingly, many of the outgoing appointees, have scandals hanging around their necks, and appointing them to ministerial jobs again, might spell the doom for the Akufo-Addo government.

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