The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, did not include the Youth and Sports Ministry in his Cabinet list of 19 Ministers submitted to the Ghana Parliament.
The Ministry which had been a mainstay in the cabinet of recent past governments was noticeably absent from the list read by Speaker Professor Mike Ocquaye when Parliament reconvened after over a month’s break on Tuesday.
It is however yet to be established, the reason behind the huge departure by President Akufo-Addo who also excluded the Communications, Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministries as well as Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo from his list.
The President had been under immense pressure from the minority to name his cabinet after he named his ministers some three months ago.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Mercy Yvonne Debrah-Karikari is the Secretary to the Cabinet. She is the first woman in Ghana’s history to hold this position.
The list of Cabinet Ministers includes:
Trade and Industry – Alan Kyerematen
Finance – Ken Ofori Atta
Defense – Dominic Nitiwul
Interior – Ambrose Dery
Foreign Affairs – Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey
Attorney General and Justice – Gloria Akuffo
Agriculture – Owusu Afriyie Akoto
Energy – Boakye Agyarko
Education – Mathew Opoku Prempeh
Health – Agyeman Manu
Monitoring and Evaluation – Anthony Akoto Osei
Regional Reorganization and Development – Dan Botwe
Lands and Natural Resources – John Peter Amewu
Water Resources and Sanitation – Kofi Adda
Railways – Joe Ghartey
Transport – Ofori Asiamah
Tourism and Creative Arts – Catherine Afeku
Employment and Labour – Ignatius Baffour
Special Development Initiatives – Mavis Hawa Kommson