President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has realigned 7 Ministries in his new government.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Acting Director of Communications at the Office of the President, Eugene Arhin on Thursday, 21 January, 2020.
The Ministries of Business Development, Aviation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Planning, Regional Re-organisation and Development, and Special Development Initiatives and Inner City and Zongo Development are among the ministries that have been realigned by the President.
According to the statement, the Ministries were realigned because “virtually all these special-purpose Ministries have achieved the purposes for which they were established.”
The President has also abolished the office of the Senior Minister.
The statement continued: “Matters to do with the Special Development Initiatives Ministry will be co-ordinated from the Presidency, as will be those of the Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry.”
It noted that: “The Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development’s activities “are to be brought under the Presidency, with a Co-ordinator appointed to supervise, as well as exercise oversight responsibility over the Zongo Development Fund.”
The statement further noted: “The Aviation Ministry is to be merged into an enlarged Ministry of Transport, with activities of the Ministry of Planning also being subsumed under the Ministry of Finance. The Business Development Ministry is to be merged with the Ministry of Trade and Industry. A new Minister for Energy is to be appointed, who will be assisted by deputy Ministers, one of whom will be an indigene of the Western Region.”
Also, “The President has decided that there will be no Deputy Regional Ministers. At an appropriate date, the President, in accordance with the Constitution, will submit to Parliament the list of all Deputy Minsisters of State for its approval.”
It added: “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will, on Thursday, 21st January 2021, submit to Parliament the list of proposed Ministers and Regional Ministers of his new government to the Speaker of Parliament for the process of their prior approval for appointment, in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution. In all, President Akufo-Addo will appoint a total of thirty (30) Ministers, and sixteen (16) Regional Ministers, bringing the total number of Ministers to forty-six (46). Eight (8) of this number are women – six (6) Ministers and two (2) Regional Ministers. This is the list that will be submitted to Parliament by the President on Thursday.”