President Akufo-Addo is expected to release his list of ministerial appointments for his next goverment today (21 January) exactly two weeks after he was sworn-in for a second term.
Asaase News’ sources at the Jubilee House say the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya in the Greater Accra Region who served as the Minister of State responsible for Procurement in the first term administration of President Akufo-Addo, will be appointed as the substantive Minister-Designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Asaase News also gathers that the former deputy Chief of Staff and Member of Parliament for Bantama in the Ashanti Region, Francis Asenso Boakye, will be appointed as the Minister-Designate for Works and Housing.
According to our sources, President Akufo-Addo, intends to make the issue of housing a top priority of his second term and would therefore need trusted hands for the portfolio.
To this end, President Akufo-Addo has also penciled the Member of Parliament for Tano North in the Ahafo Region and former deputy minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Freda Prempeh, as the Deputy Minister-Designate for Works and Housing to assist Asenso Boakye.
Joseph Cudjoe, the former Deputy Minister for Energy, will be responsible for Public Enterprises, who will be operating directly under the ambit of the Presidency.
President Akufo-Addo’s yet to be released list of Ministers, our sources say, will be less than 85.
It will be recalled that during the President’s first term, his ministers were one hundred and 126 compared to that of his predecessor, John Dramani Mahama, who appointed 88 ministers during his term of office (7 January 2013 to 7 January 2017).
The move is expected to silence those who have critised the president of having an elephant-size government during his first term.
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