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Cabinet Reshuffle Looms

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Information reaching THE PUBLISHER suggests the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akkufo-Addo, is likely to carry out the much-speculated cabinet reshuffle with shocking casualties anytime soon.

Reports suggest the proposed reshuffle, would reduce the number of ministers from 110 to and that the “discreet list” has been kept away from preying eyes so as to avoid the pressure of lobbyists.

The reshuffle is likely to see changes in key posts after discussions between the President and some prominent persons in his party.

Shocking Names That May Fall

Though not confirmed beyond doubt, Dr. Boakye Agyarko, the Minister of Energy could be taken off his Ministry but it is uncertain where he is heading.

Otiko Afisa Djaba Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection – is also said to be on the hitlist due to the controversies before, during and after her appointment.

It noted that one of the grounds she may be fired could be attributed to days of war of words with the Northern Regional Chairman New Patriotic Party (NPP), Daniel Bugri Naabu.

Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister of Special Development Initiatives who is reported to have told journalists in parliament that she is “ready to resign” over a budget scandal involving her ministry if that would please her critics is also marked for reshuffle.

Ms. Koomson came under intense pressure from the Minority after it emerged that her ministry had allocated GH¢800,000 for the creation of a website in her ministry’s 2018 budget which was replete with what critics have described as outrageous allocations.

Others are Ambrose Dery, Interior Minister; Isaac Asiama, Minister for Youth and Sports; Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development; Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye.

In the view of the source, other ministries that have outlived their usefulness would also be scrapped.

Scrap

These include- Ministry for Monitoring and Evaluation headed by Anthony Akoto Osei; Senior Minister – Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Ministry of Planning Prof. George Yaw Gyan-Baffour; Ministry of Business Development headed by Ibrahim Mohammed Awal and Adwoa Safo’s Ministry in charge of Public Procurement.

However, the Attorney General – Ms. Gloria Akuffo, Minister of Foreign Affairs – Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and the Minister of Finance – Ken Ofori-Atta are highly tipped to escape the President’s reshuffle.

By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher

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