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Nana Addo’s regional ministers to be named from Jan. 24

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The president, Nana Akufo Addo has indicated that his nominees for regional minister positions would be announced after January 24 when parliament resumes.

According to the president the names of the persons to occupy these positions have already been penciled but would be handed to parliament which is currently on recess.

The president said this at the announcement of the third batch of ministerial nominees on Thursday January 12, 2017.

The president however indicated that the names of the third batch of his nominees would also be presented to parliament upon resumption of the house.

So far 36 ministerial nominees have been named for various positions, awaiting parliamentary vetting and subsequent approval before they can start work.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana
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Profiles of 3rd batch of Akufo-Addo’s ministers

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The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Thursday January 12, 2017 named 11 more persons to add to the 25 he has nominated to serve in the various portfolios under his administration. Read short profiles of these personalitiesbelow.

PROF. GYAN BAFFOUR – MINISTER FOR PLANNING

Professor George Gyan-Baffour is 65 years old, and is currently a Member of Parliament (MP) for Wenchi.

From July 2002 to December 2004 he was the Director General of The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) of the
Republic of Ghana where he oversaw the preparation of the first Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (2003-2005) Paper. He introduced the first Monitoring and Evaluation mechanism for assessing the progress of national development called the Annual Progress Report, which is still the monitoring and evaluation tool of the national development Agenda of Ghana. He supervised the preparation of the Coordinated Program for the Economic and Social Development of Ghana (2002-2012), which is a constitutional requirement of the President of the Republic of Ghana. He led the team that prepared the first compact of the Millennium Challenge Account. Before he left for the USA for academic

pursuit he worked at the Ministry of Industries Science and Technology from 1974 to 1984 and rose to the rank of Senior Industrial Promotions Officer.

In December 2004, he contested and won the parliamentary election to become the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wenchi. He later became the Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning from March 2005 to December 2008. Since January 2009 he is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wenchi Constituency. As an MP he has served on several committees. He has been a ranking member for the Trade Industry and Tourism Committee; a member of the Education Committee; a member of the Poverty Reduction Committee; and the acting Chairman of the Special Budget Committee.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Ghana. He has been a member of various boards including the Bank of Ghana (2005-2008), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of Ghana (CSIR) from 2003 to 2005, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) from 2003 to 2005.

He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Industrial Relations; a Post Doctorate diploma from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; an MA in economic policy from University of Wisconsin, Madison; a BSc. (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Ghana.

HON. CATHERINE AFEKU – MINISTER FOR TOURISM, ARTS & CULTURE

Catherine Afeku is 49 years old, and our Member of Parliament for Evalue-Gwira-Ajomoro – her 2nd term in parliament. She hails from Axim, and holds Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration. She has worked with the World Bank, with Stico Petroleum in Kenya as a Business Development Consultant, and a bilingual instructor at the Inlingua School of languages, Brescia, Italy. Between 2006 and 2008, she was the NPP government spokesperson on infrastructure.

She is married with 3 children.

MAVIS HAWA KOOMSON – SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

Mavis Hawa Koomson is 51 years old, holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Education, a Postgraduate

Certificate in Public Administration from GIMPA, and is due to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Administration, with a specialization in international relations and diplomacy, after the completion of the programme in January 2017. She has been a Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya East constituency from 2012 to

date. Whilst in parliament, she has served as a member of the committees on land and natural resources, and women and gender.

She is married with 3 children.

IBRAHIM AWAL MOHAMMED – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Awal Mohammed is 55 years old, an entrepreneur and a marketer. Awal, who was adjudged the Marketing Man of the year, ‘2009’ holds three master’s degrees in various disciplines from different universities. He has Masters in

Applied Business Research – Swiss Business School,

Switzerland; Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon; and a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Wales, UK. He is also at the tail end of his doctoral program at the Swiss Business School pursuing doctorate in Business Administration.

Ibrahim Mohammed Awal is the former Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited and Chase Petroleum. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Marble Communications Group Limited, publishers of The

Finder Group of Newspapers, HMW printers, Marble Consultants and Marble Developers. He has worked closely with many companies, particularly, with Small and Medium Enterprises, where he offered consultancy services in the areas of business strategy, management, marketing and communications. He has also consulted for diplomatic Missions, international development partners as well as state institutions.

He is married with four children and is also a product of the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

MUSTAPHA ABDUL-HAMID – INFORMATION

Mustapha Abdul-Hamid is 45 years old. He holds a Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and a Master of Philosophy Degree, also in Religious Studies, all from the University of Cape Coast. He is presently a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Cape Coast, where he specializes in the areas of Islam & Gender and Political Thought in Islam. Prior to take up teaching, he worked in the media in various capacities as Editor of the High Street Journal, Editor of the Statesman newspaper, News Editor at the then Choice FM and Strategy

Planning Manager at Media Majique & Research Systems.

He has published widely in many prestigious academic journals around the world. In politics, he was National Youth Organiser of the NPP from 2002-2005. He has been Spokesperson for the President from 2007 to date.

He is married with five children.

ISAAC KWAME ASIAMAH – YOUTH & SPORTS

Isaac Kwame Asiamah is 42 years old. He is a Graduate of University of Ghana, Legon with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and

Resource Development with Political Science. He holds executive Masters in Governance and Leadership. He entered Parliament in January 2005 at age 29, then as the youngest MP in Parliament on the ticket of the NPP for the Atwima Mponua Constituency in the Ashanti region, and is still the MP.

He was a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture, rising to become Vice Chairman of the same Committee, and later became the Chairman of the same Committee in his 1st term in

Parliament. He has also served on the following Committees: Public Accounts Committee, Finance Committee, Poverty Reduction Committee and Mines and Energy Committee Parliament of Ghana.

He is married with four children.

KOFI DZAMESI – CHIEFTAINCY & RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamesi is 57 years old. He has a first degree in Engineering and holds a diploma in Marketing. He was a former Minister of the Volta Region under the government of President Kufuor, and is National Council member of the NPP. He was the Chairperson of the NPP Campaign Sector Committee on Chieftaincy.

HON. CECILIA DAPAAH – MINISTER FOR AVIATION

Cecilia Abena Dapaah is 62 years old, and is a leadership development specialist. She is a product of the University of Ghana Legon. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Lingusitics in 1979, and also holds a

certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School in leadership. She also holds a postgraduate certificate in International Development Studies from the University of Oslo in Norway. Between 2001 and 2006, she was the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Ghana Cocoa Processing Company. She was deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing under President Kufuor’s government, from 2005 to 2006, and became the substantive Minister from 2007 to 2008. Whilst in

parliament as MP for Bantama, she served on various committees such as Works and Housing; Advisory Committee to the Speaker; Employment, Social Welfare and Youth; Foreign Affairs; and Special Budget.

BONIFACE ABUBAKAR SADDIQUE – INNER CITY & ZONGO DEVELOPMENT

Boniface Abubakar Siddique is 56 years old. He holds an

MA in Economics from the University of Essex, MBA in

Financial Management from the University of Exeter, MA in

Conflict, Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan

International Peace Keeping Center and a BA in Social

Sciences from the KNUST. He worked in the Ministry of Finance for 14 years as an Economic Officer, eventually becoming a Senior Finance Officer. In politics, he has been a two time MP for Salaga from 2001-2009. He also served as Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment and Northern Regional Minister. He is married with three children.

NAA AFOLEY QUAYE – FISHERIES & AQUACULTURE

Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye is 47 years old, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from the Central University College. She also obtained a National Diploma in General Agriculture from the University of Ghana, and a certificate in General Agriculture from the Kwadaso Agricultural College. For over a period of 20 years, she worked as the Principal Production Officer at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. She is currently the Member of Parliament for the Krowor. She is married with 4 children.

OSEI KYEI-MENSAH-BONSU – PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS

Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is 59 years old and is an urban planner by profession. He been a Member of Parliament for the Suame Constituency

since 1997, and has held several positions in the House, including Secretary to the Minority Caucus (1997-2000); Deputy Majority Whip (2001-2002); Majority Chief Whip (2002-2007); Deputy Majority Leader (2007- 2008); and a Minister of State (Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs from 2007 to 2008).

He has chaired the Advisory Board on Water Restructuring at the Ministry of Works and Housing;

was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cocoa Processing Company for 8 years. He is currently the Chairman of the African Parliamentarians Network against Corruption; and is Vice President for the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians against corruption.

He has also served on various committees in parliament, namely the Business Committee, Committee on Selection, Committee on Works and Housing, Committee on Youth and Sports, Committee on Lands and Forestry, Committee on Subsidiary Legislation; Special Budget Committee; Appointments Committee, and the Standing Orders Committee.

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Boniface is Zongo Dev’t Minister as Hawa Koomson, Afeku, Awal  et al make Ministerial list

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new_ministersThe third batch of ministers to serve under President Akufo-Addo’s government was announced today with 11 persons making the list that included the creation of new portfolios.

Giving out the names at the usual press conference at the Flagstaff House, the president maintained that the ministers-designate are equipped with the needed experience to execute creditably in their various portfolios.

Below are the new Ministers-designate

Minister of Planning (Office of the President) – Prof. Yaw Gyan Baffuor

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture – Catherine Afeku

Minister of Information and Presidential Spokesperson – Mustapha Abdul Hamid

Minister for Special Development Initiatives (Office of the President) – Hawa Mavis Koomson

Minister for Youth and Sports -Isaac Asiamah

Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture – Elizabeth Afoley Quaye

Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs– Kofi Dzamasi

Minister of Aviation – Cecilia Dapaah

Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development (Office of the President)  – Boniface Abubakar Saddique

Minister for Business Development – Ibrahim Awal Mohammed

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs – Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

Nana Akufo-Addo noted that the next list of ministers including Regional Ministers and their deputies would be announced next week.

The newly nominated ministers-designate brings the total number of ministerial positions to 36.

By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana

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Video: MPs react to “job-for-the-boys” ministries

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The Minority in Parliament have accused President Nana Akufo-Addo of largely creating new ministerial positions to satisfy friends.

A section of Ghanaians also questioned the need to create ministries such as Sanitation as well as Regional Reorganisation and Special Projects.

“It is evidently clear that His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is on a mission to find jobs for the boys,”former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Inusah Fuseini told TV3 in parliament on Wednesday.

He also mocked and called the Sanitation ministry as “a ministry for Zoomlion).

But some members in the Majority think the new creations were apt.

Watch video below

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Only accredited persons can attend vetting of ministers

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Only persons accredited would be allowed into the room where ministers-designate would be vetted, Parliament’s Appointments Committee has served notice.

 The committee is preparing to issue accreditation to few people that would be invited by persons nominated by President Akufo-Addo to serve in the various ministries, in order for them to observe the vetting process.

The decision is seen as a cure to a worrying phenomenon in the past where the vetting room is filled with large followers of persons being vetted.

Speaking on Yen Nsempa morning show on Onua FM hosted by Bright Akwasi Asempa, the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who is also the Member of Parliament for Suame was emphatic that persons without accreditation would be denied entry.

He further explained that the move would go a long way to save the would-be ministers from being corrupt: ministers are sometimes expected to return favour to persons who gave them moral support during vetting.

The ministers-designate would be able to save cost, the Majority Leader noted.

According to Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, ministers-designate who bring people, especially from outside, have to bear their feeding cost and transportation fares.

He told Onua News that a maximum of ten (10) accreditations will be offered to each appointee for their guests.

At the discretion of the Appointments Committee, four appointees may appear before members each day from next week.
The Majority Leader of Parliament also announced on Onua FM that an induction is being organized for both new and old Members of Parliament in order to learn: How to catch the Speakers eyes when you want to make any submission in the chamber, so you don’t raise your hand since that is prohibited in the House; also members will be thought the duties and responsibilities of an MP so they don’t continue to make unnecessary promises to their constituents.

He said these and many more will form part of the induction which will begin on the 24th January, 2016.

By Owoahene Omari Acheampong | Onua FM |3news.com

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CDD-Ghana lists 10 things Akufo-Addo should do in 1st year

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akufo-addoDemocratic governance think tank, Centre for Democratic Development – Ghana, has put forth 10 measures, which it wants the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government to implement within his first year to ensure accountability and responsive governance.

“The Center therefore expects the Akufo-Addo/NPP administration to implement, at the minimum, the following measures within its first year in office in order to make a credible dent in the challenge of accountable and responsive governance in Ghana’s 4th Republic,” it said.

1. Curb endemic corruption and promote integrity in public life by vigorously enforcing the provisions of the Public Office Holder (Declaration of Assets and Disqualification) Act 1998 (Act 550). Act 550 requires public office holders listed in Schedule 1 of the Act, to submit a written declaration of the their assets and liabilities, owned and owed, directly or indirectly to the Auditor-General before taking office, at end of every four years and at end of their term of office.

2. Also, vigorously enforce the conflict of interest injunction under Article 284 of the 1992 Constitution, and elaborated in the CHRAJ Guidelines on Conflict of Interest.

3. De-politicize criminal prosecutions and partisan bickering over criminal prosecution of politicians by implementing plans to set up an Office of the Special Prosecutor, and confine criminal prosecutions at the Attorney General’s office to the non-political staff of the Department.

4. Reduce the cost to the nation of the current “spoils system” and accompanying presidential patronage, political corruption and political polarization, and at the same time, foster public service professionalism by insulating the public and security services from partisan politics, and emphasizing meritocratic criteria in appointments to state boards/trusts/councils/para-statals/public utilities/other non-political state agencies.

5. Enhance performance and reduce political partisanship by recruiting public servants for the managements and boards of the Ghana Water Company, the Electricity Corporation, the Commercial Bank, COCOBOD, the National Disaster Mobilization Agency, among others, through an independent/non-political Public Services Commission.

6. Significantly enhance governmental transparency and accountability by enacting the right to information bill as soon as possible.

7. Also, publish the emoluments of public office holders at all levels of government including public corporations.

8. Reduce the cost of running government by appointing the minimum number of ministers required by the Constitution, especially those drawn from Parliament. In addition, to the greatest extent possible, reduce the number of ministries (by collapsing some ministries and abolishing others).

9. Reduce the perception of abuse of office and a sense of entitlement by public officials by introducing a maximum limit of $45,000 on the cost of official vehicles acquired by all Ministries, Departments and Agencies and continue with the re-registration of all government vehicles.

10. Strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of local government authorities as well as promote local participation and inclusion in local government by consulting widely with traditional authority and interest groups as dictated by the constitution, and in the accordance with the Model Standing Orders of the assemblies in the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executive (M/M/DCE) nomination, vetting and approval processes.

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4 new regions to be created starting 2018 – Nana Addo

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President Akufo Addo has given indications that four (4) new regions would be created beginning 2018 to bring the total number of regions in Ghana to fourteen (14).

In view of this, the president has created a new ministry know as the Ministry for Regional Re-organisation and Development to be headed by Dan Kwaku Botwe, a former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party and Member of Parliament for Okere constituency.

Justifying why there is the need for the creation of the new ministry, president Akufo Addo said “the process of devolution of power will require that we look again at the regional structures of our country all with the aim of trying to promote rapid development of Ghana…

“But the constitutional requirements for being able to create a region are very stringent and not easy. Apart from going through the legal requirements of petitioning the state… when you come to the consultative process, you’re talking about 50% of those who are affected by the decision having to come out to vote.

“That is the certification that the Electoral Commission has to make and when the 50% come out to vote, 80% of them must approve the demand of the creation of the region. We are now talking about a major exercise of political mobilization to be able to create a region…”

The New Regions

During the campaign for the 2016 elections, Nana Addo promised the people of the Western region that when he is given the nod, he would initiate the creation of a new region out of the Western region, to be called Western North region.

On Wednesday January 11, 2017 however the president hinted of the creation of three additional regions. He said “the four regions that we have chosen are those that we want to reshape and create new regions out of them.

“We’re talking about the Western North region which I committed myself to and the manifesto also committed itself to, the creation of the Ahafo region out of the Brong Ahafo, another express commitment on my part and backed by the manifesto, the northern region… Even on the thank you tour, that I took there a couple of weeks ago, there was an express demand that there should be a region created out of the eastern corridor by the Chiefs and people there, and then the Volta region where there has been a long standing demand for the creation of the Oti region.”

The president further indicated that work on the project would commence immediate but likely to start in 2018.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana
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Vetting of Prez Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees begins Jan 20

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Parliament’s Appointments Committee is expected to begin sitting from Friday, January 20 to vet nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for ministers.

The Seventh Parliament adjourned on Wednesday to pave way for the vetting exercise.

A public notice is expected to be sent out to collate all the necessary information about the nominees to aid the Committee in vetting them.

So far, President Akufo-Addo has nominated 25 persons for various ministerial positions.

He named his first batch on Tuesday, January 10 and followed up with his second on Wednesday, January 11.

READ: Akufo-Addo names 13 ministers: Ken Ofori-Atta Finance; Boakye Agyarko for Energy

Some ministers including Albert Kan Dapaah (National Security), John Alan Kyerematen (Trade and Industry) and Yaw Osafo Mafo (Senior Minister) who were members of the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor government were part of the first batch of nominees.

New faces such as Ken Ofori-Atta (Finance), Dominic Nitiwul (Defence) and Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Education) were also part of Tuesday’s batch.

The second batch had new portfolios like Ministry of Railway Development, Ministry of Sanitation and Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and Special Projects for Joe Ghartey, Joseph Kofi Addah and Daniel Botwe respectively.

READ: Atta Akyea, Ursula Owusu & Otiko Djaba make Nana Addo’s 2nd ministerial list

The Vetting Committee will be chaired by First Deputy Speaker Joe Osei-Owusu with Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu as the Ranking Member.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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We’ve the human beings to do a good job – Akufo-Addo assures

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the ministers he has nominated so far are the “type of human beings” needed to turn the fortunes of the country around.

The president today named 12 ministers-designate for various portfolios including MP for Okere Dan Botwe, National Women’s Organiser of the NPP Otiko Afisah Djaba and the MP for Abukwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea. This is in addition to 13 others he recommended to Parliament for approval on Tuesday.

Nana Akufo-Addo rode on the back of what his campaign team termed “incompetent administration” under  John Mahama to power.

The New Patriotic Party consistently accused the presidency of corruption and also exhibiting poor management of the economy.

The President today touted the credentials of the 25 men and women that are going to play critical roles in his government, asserting that these men “fill the bill” in executing promises made to Ghanaians.

He also indicated that these ministers are “determined to deliver”.

“They (Ghanaians) have to be reassured that they are getting people who are coming to do a good job for them with honesty, passion, integrity and commitment,” President Akufo-Addo reiterated.

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Read also: Akufo-Addo names 13 ministers: Ken Ofori Atta Finance; Boakye Agyarko for Energy
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By Isaac Essel |3news.com|Ghana

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Atta Akyea, Ursula Owusu & Otiko Djaba make Nana Addo’s 2nd ministerial list

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has through parliament, named his second batch of ministerial nominees bringing to about 30, persons who would be working in his administration.

Announcing the names in parliament, the Speaker, Prof. Mike Ocquaye, indicated that the list had been submitted to the house for vetting and subsequent approval.

A 26-member vetting committee was Tuesday constituted by the House to vet the nominees for subsequent approval or otherwise, as ministers for the various portfolios they have been designated for. The Committee is expected to begin work from January 16, 2017.

Below is the new list announced in parliament

Dr Anthony Osei Akoto – Minister of State Monitoring and Evaluation

Prof K. Frimpong Boateng – Science and Technology

Otiko Afisa Djaba – Gender and Social Protection

Ofori Asiamah – Transport

Joe Ghartey – Railway Development

Ursula Owusu – Communications

Samuel Atta Akyea – Minister for Works and Housing

Kofi Addah – Minister for Sanitation

Amoako Attah – Minister for Roads

Ignatius Baffour Awuah – Minister for Employment and Labour Relations

Peter Amewu – Lands and Natural Resources

Dan Botwe – Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Special Projects

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana
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