President Mahama Appoints More Ministers as Opposition MPs Boycott Vetting

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Report by Jerome Kuseh, for Ghana Decides

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President John Mahama has appointed Regional Minister designates for six out of the ten regions. They are as follows:

1. Mr. Samuel Sarpong, Ashanti Region.

2. Hon. Eric Opoku, Brong Ahafo Region.

3. Mr. E. K. T. Addo, Central Region.

4. Hon. Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Greater Accra Region.

5. Mr. Bede A. Ziedeng, Upper West Region.

6. Hon. Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Region.

In addition to this, the president has re-assigned some of the Minister designates he had previously nominated. Hon. Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo is now Minister of State at the Presidency in-charge of Public-Private Partnerships designate. He was previously assigned as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The position has now been assigned to Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, who was formerly designated as Minister of State at the Presidency.

The previous list of Ministers of State at the Presidency has been updated to include the following specific designations at the office of the President:

1. Hon. Alhassan Azong, Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Public Sector Reform.

2. Hon. Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Public-Private Partnerships.

3. Hon Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Development Authorities in the Office of the President.

4. Hon. Fifi Kwetey, Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Financial and Allied institutions in the Office of the President.

5. Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Human Resource Development and Scholarships.

6. Hon. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah, as Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of Social and Allied institutions in the Office of the President.

In a related news, Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have announced their boycott of the vetting of ministers nominated by President John Mahama.

The MPs said they had reached the decision following a meeting with the National Executive of the party. The first batch of Minister designates are slated to be vetted on Thursday, 24 January, 2012.

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