In response to widespread calls for him to reshuffle his appointees, particularly ministers of state, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that he has no immediate intentions to do so.
He believed that because the ministers’ performance met expectations, there was no need to reshuffle them.
Whoever is making those calls can be someone looking for work or someone who wants to topple my government, he said.
As part of his visit to the Northern Region this week, President Akufo-Addo expressed his opinion in a radio interview with the Tamale-based Radio North Star on Monday [August 8, 2022].
The issue of reshuffling or performance of my ministers is a daily pre-occupation, I’m required on a daily basis to ask myself whether a particular minister is up to the mark.
“I am the final authority and if they are not up to the mark, I’m required to act. So if they are up to expectations then I don’t have any reason to heed to the calls for reshuffling,” President Akufo-Addo said.
“…NDC wants to destabilise your government, there are people who are also looking for jobs,” he said amidst laughter.
I don’t dispute that a lot of attention is being paid to it, but I also believe that we need to take a more comprehensive approach to issues including the replacement of ministers and other government officials.
In August of his first term, Akufo-Addo underwent his most recent ministerial shuffle.
He also canceled Sarah Adwoa Safo’s appointment as Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection two weeks ago after she failed to report for work for more than three months.
Lariba Zuweira Abudu, a member of parliament for Walewale, was chosen by President Akufo-Addo as her replacement.
Francisca Oteng Mensah, a legislator for Kwabre East, was also named by the President as the Deputy Minister-designate for Gender, Children, and Social Protection.