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Be Faithful To Your Ministers, Or I’ll Fire You:  Prez. Akufo Addo Tells Deputy Ministers



The president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has warned deputy ministers in his administration against attempting to sabotage and undermine sector ministers.

While swearing in Ms. Lariba Zuweira Abudu as the new Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection and Francisca Oteng Mensah as her deputy, President Akufo-Addo issued a warning that he would not hesitate to remove any Deputy Minister from their position if it were discovered that they were undermining their minister.

The president insisted that his deputy ministers show unwavering allegiance and obedience, which he claimed is the “basic foundation for the success of your work.”

He continued by explaining how much he detests treachery and subversion to the deputy gender minister, Francisca Oteng, and stated, “I will not countenance any acts of disloyalty or subversion of your Minister for I will take such acts as disloyalty to me personally and by inference, disloyalty to the State and Party [NPP].”

Further emphasizing the importance of the Gender Ministry to Ghana’s growth, President Akufo-Addo urged the Minister and her deputy to collaborate in order to overcome the myriad problems facing the Ministry.

According to the President, subversion and acts of disloyalty have no place in his developmental agenda, and any Deputy Minister found guilty will lose their position.

“A Deputy [Minister] who thinks that the route to his/her advancement is in their ability to subvert or undermine their Minister, will be sadly mistaken and axed out.

You will not profit from that conduct in an Akufo-Addo’s presidency and on the contrary, you are likely to forfeit your office,” Prez Akufo-Addo highlighted.

After President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo canceled the appointment of Sarah Adwoa Safo, the former sector minister, on July 28, 2022, since her leave of absence extension had expired on August 31, 2021, the two were proposed to oversee the Ministry’s operations.

After the two had been examined by the Appointments Committee of Parliament in accordance with Article 78 (1) of the 1992 Constitution and Standing Order 172 of Parliament, they were subsequently approved at the crack of dawn on Thursday, December 22, 2022.


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