The member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya in the Greater Accra Region, Sarah Adwoa Safo has been nominated by President Akufo-Addo for the position as Minister for Gender,Children and Social Protection.
This was contained in a list from the Communication Directorate of the Presidency dated January 21, 2021.
Adwoa Safo who was the state minister in charge of Procurement during the first term of President Akufo-Addo has been handed the new ministerial role subject to Parliament prior approval.
With President Akufo-Addo eager to prioritize the works and housing ministry, former deputy chief of staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye has been designated for the position.
The Bantama MP who has a close relationship with President Akufo-Addo will have former Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and currently MP for Tano North in the Ahafo Region, Freda Prempeh as the deputy.
Also, the MP for Effia Constituency in the Western Region and former deputy energy minister, Joseph Cudjoe has been pencilled to be in charge of Public Enterprises, a ministry that will be operating directly under the ambit of the Presidency, and not from a Ministry and also oversee a major restructuring of the entire state-owned enterprises sector to improve the productivity and profitability of the sector.
Meanwhile, a statement from the Presidency state that President Akufo-Addo will be working with ministers not exceeding eighty-five (85), down from the one hundred and twenty- six (126) that characterised his first term in office.
Seven Ministries, namely Aviation, Business Development, Inner City and Zongo Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Planning, Regional Re-organisation and Development, and Special Development Initiatives, have been realigned.
The President has effected this realignment because virtually all these special-purpose Ministries have achieved the purposes for which they were established.
The statement also states that the office of the Senior Minister has also been abolished. This will result in a total of twenty-eight (28) Ministries, down from the thirty-six (36) of his first term.
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