Saturday, 20 April

My Val's Day reshuffle was for Ghanaians: Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has offered insights into the rationale behind his recent ministerial reshuffle, a departure from his usual practice of maintaining ministers for extended periods, especially given his term's impending conclusion.

Responding to mounting pressure from political parties, civil society groups, and even members of his own party, the President announced a significant overhaul on Wednesday, affecting approximately 12 current ministers, including 10 cabinet members and two regional ministers.

Notably, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta was also replaced despite surviving previous calls for his dismissal.

Criticism from the opposition National Democratic Congress and its Minority Members of Parliament characterised the decision as belated and uninspiring. 

Mr Fifi Kwetey, the party’s General Secretary, expressed disappointment, stating that the reshuffle maintained the status quo rather than delivering the desired change for Ghanaians.

President Nana Akufo-Addo responded to these concerns, emphasising that the reshuffle was guided by the best interests of the citizens, not personal preferences.

Speaking to Accra-based Joy News in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the President underscored the importance of prioritising the welfare of the people in governmental decisions, stating, “It is for the people of Ghana, not for me.”

Attending the 37th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly (Heads of State and Government), President Nana Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians to maintain faith in the country’s democratic journey, especially as the nation prepares to elect the next leader later this year. 

Emphasising the importance of upholding democratic principles, he called on citizens to actively participate in the electoral process and exercise their right to vote responsibly.

Source: Mensah