We are not called to public service for personal gain, we live without reproach – Akufo-Addo tells new ministers

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has told the new ministers to behave in a manner that does not bring trouble to the government.

He asked them to remain blameless in all their dealings and conduct. The president reminded them that they have been called to provide a public service and not to appropriate personal gains.

Mr Akufo-Addo said this at Jubilee House while swearing in the new ministers on Monday, May 20.

He said: “Your contribution will not only be to the success of my government but equally important to the success of our party, the NPP, its excellent presidential candidate, Vice President Dr Mahamdu Bawumia, and its parliamentary candidates in the December elections. 2024. To this end, the quality of integrity that will permeate your work in these final months is extremely important.

“We are called to these public appointments to provide a public service and not to appropriate personal benefit. In this sense, do not fail to file your asset declaration promptly and remain above reproach in your public dealings; Your conduct, my conduct, our collective conduct in the executive will determine, to a large extent, the destiny and fate of our party. in the PNP in this decade and in the following ones.”

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President Akufo-Addo expressed confidence in the new ministers he appointed even though they only have seven months to serve in the administration which expires on January 7, 2025.

The president stated that anyone who wants to prove a point can do so even in a short period of time, so the new appointees can do so in that short period.

“You joined the government late in your term, with seven months left, but I am confident that there will be enough time for you to make a difference and make a significant contribution. In fact, anyone who has something to prove can do something about it. It is a short period and I am sure that your diverse competencies, experiences and talents make it clearly possible,” he said.

The president, however, expressed surprise at the minority’s abandonment during the examination and approval of the new ministers.

He called the minority’s action a “shame.”

“It was a shame that at the last moment the minority that participated in all the previous processes found it necessary to leave parliament at the formal approval stage. “We thank God that the strike was not fatal to the approval vote,” he stated.

It is a shame that the minority boycotted the approval of new ministers – Akufo-Addo

On Friday, May 17, the minority in Parliament boycotted the approval of President Akufo-Addo’s new ministers.

The Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, in his presentation to the plenary questioned how the approval of ministerial candidates was classified as an urgent matter.

“May I ask how is it that the approval of the President’s nominees for ministerial positions is an urgent matter, when this Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government already has a large number of ministers and deputy ministers?” He asked.

As they left the chamber, some of the opposition lawmakers were heard saying: “Ghanaians are suffering.”

Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson said alongside the majority that “if you don’t care, we care.”

The ministerial nominees are the Hon. of health. Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye; Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ophelia Mensah Hayford; Information Ms. Fatimatu Abubakar, Gender; Childhood and Social Protection Dakoa Newman; Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah; Sanitation and Water Resources Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan; Tourism, Art and Culture Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer, MP, Major Accra Region Exc. Titus Glover, Oti Region Mr. Daniel Machator.

The nominees for deputy minister are: Information Sylvester Tetteh, deputy; Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Vincent Ekow Assafuah;
Communications and Digitalization Hon. Charles Acheampong; Health Adelaide Ntim, MP Alexander Akwasi Acquah; Works and Housing Hon. Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah;
Lands and Natural Resources, Akwasi Konadu; Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture Hon. Musah Abdul Aziz Ayaba; Energy John Kobina Sanie, Collins Adomako Mensah;
Education Kingsley Nyarko; Employment and Labor Relations Hon. Festo Awuah Kwofie;
Gender, Childhood and Social Protection Excma. Benjamin Sekyere Yeboah.”