It is largely believed Ministers who attend Cabinet meetings are under an oath of secrecy never to divulge to the public issues discussed during their sitting; but Peacefmonline.com can confirm that several ministers, who attended President John Dramani Mahama’s last cabinet meeting couldn’t hold back their tears.
The outgoing president held his last Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, and when he announced to the gathering that it would be his last time with them as president, a doleful atmosphere took over, leading to some ministers being drowned in their own tears.
Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuije made this startling disclosure on Radio Gold in an interview Wednesday.
According to the out-going minister who also represents the people of Odododiodio in Parliament, it only took words of encouragement from President Mahama to cheer them up again.
He added that after President Mahama’s speech during the sitting, they all exchanged smiles and hugs to demonstrate their happiness.
“President Mahama and his vice then stood at the corridor after the meeting and each minister went to them to greet them”, he said.
Established by Articles 76(1), 76(2), and 77(1) of the Constitution, the Cabinet assists the President in the determination of the general policy of government.
The history of the Cabinet dates back to 1957, when Ghana’s founding President Kwame Nkrumah formed the first government. Established by Articles 76(1), 76(2), and 77(1) of the Constitution, the Cabinet assists the President in the determination of the general policy of government.
The Cabinet consists of not less than 10 and not more than 19 Ministers of State. The President, who chairs Cabinet, reserves the right to withdraw a decision of Cabinet prior to its submission to Parliament for approval. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President chairs Cabinet meetings.
The Cabinet includes the President, the Vice President and 19 Ministries — the Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, Defence, Justice and Attorney General, Interior, Education, Lands and Natural Resources, Local Government & Rural Development, Water Resources, Works and Housing, Communications, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Health, Trade and Industry, Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Roads and Highways, and Power, as well as Food and Agriculture.
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