The President John Dramani Mahama has reshuffled his ministers again only exactly 10 days after a similar exercise, and about one month after changing the Chief of Staff at the office of the President.
10 days ago on March 4, 2015 he sacked the Ashanti Regional Minister and his deputy.
The appointments of Samuel K. Sarpong and his Deputy, Joseph Yammin were withdrawn with immediate effect, a press release announced.
A month earlier on February 16, 2015, the President removed the Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, believed to be a powerful and untouchable figure at the presidency and replaced him with the Minister of Local Government, Julius Debrah who has signed the letters to these new changes.
A press release from the Office of the President announces the removal of and appointment of new ministerial positions.
The release announces the reassignment of Alhaji Collins Dauda to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the moving of the Health Minister, Dr, Kwaku Agyeman Mensah to the Ministry of Works and Housing, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
The Minister of State at the Presidency, Alhaji Dr. Mustapha Ahmed has been appointed the new Minister for Youth and Sports, while the substantive Minister, Mahama Ayariga has been reappointed the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Mr. Alex Segbefia is now the Minister for Health and the headmaster of Tepa Senior High School, Peter Anarfi-Mensah, has been appointed as the new Ashanti Regional Minister, the release said.
According to the release, the MP for Juabeso, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, is the new Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources – he replaces Ebenezer Okletey Teye Larbi and Akwasi Oppong-Fosu has been moved to the Presidency as a Minister of State.
The following have also been nominated as Deputy Ministers of State: Samuel Yaw Adusei- Water Resources, Works and Housing Kenneth Gilbert Adjei – Defence, it added.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi