Long before the declaration of President Akufo Addo as winner of the 2020 elections, many are those who had anticipated the kind of powerplay, reassignments and outright dismissals that would shape the second and final term of the President. The surprising loss of a lot of parliamentary seats has not made the appointments any easier as the President and his council of elders commit to form a government while ensuring balance across board.
Information reaching Politicogh can however confirm the following appointments:
- Dr Yaw Adutwum – Minister of Education
- Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh – Minister of Energy
- Godfred Dame Lamptey- Attorney General and Minister of Justice
- John Peter Amewu- Minister of Railways
- Ursula Owusu- Minister of Communication.
Rumors pertaining to the amalgamation of the Ministry of Information and the Ministry of Communication are however unfounded as the President holds the two ministries in high esteem and as set-up to different specialized functions.
Dr Adutwum’s elevation to substantive minister will however elate the public as he has received a lot of public admiration for his understanding of education issues and this view holds across the political divide, civil society and the media. It remains to be seen how this translates into effective leadership of the ministry especially given this second term will focus on institutionalizing the gains of the Flagship Free Senior High School policy. With the plans by the Ghana Education Service to implement some very progressive reforms, some have argued that Dr Adutwum’s approach and character will be preferred to his predecessor’s abrasive and no-nonsense approach to issues.
Godfred Dame has been no stranger to the political limelight as he has attained a bit of celebrity lawyer status only rivaled in recent memory by Tsatsu Tsikata and Philip Addison. Many are those who have called for his elevation to the substantive office and it appears the Presidency has had the same opinion. While his performance as the chief litigant of government is not in doubt, we must state that the office goes beyond being a good lawyer. It also needs a masterful administrator effective in resource allocation and proper prioritizing of cases to ensure justice is dispensed properly.
It is no surprise that the President has moved NAPO to another critical ministry where he can face challenges. However, having delivered very well as education minister in the first term despite not being a core educationist, it will be right to give him the benefit of the doubt as he faces this new task. He takes over at a time when energy funding is a challenge and where we need to restructure our agreements with Independent power producers to ensure adequate supply of electricity throughout the country.
Many feel the man who won a seat in the Volta region deserves whichever ministry he wishes for. However, the Presidency is tilting towards naming John Peter Amewu as Minister of Railways. While the government has a vision to connect this country via rail, it remains to be seen whether John Amewu will find this office as thrilling as the previous ministries he headed; Lands and Natural Resources and Energy. He however has the ears of the President and will be given all the support he needs in Hohoe to retain his seat as MP. His predecessor at the ministry may have been demoted for his entrenched presidential ambitions and how it might affect his performance in office.
We will still monitor as more names are confirmed by the Presidency.