Current Ministers in Ghana
The list of new cabinet ministers was submitted by the president of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa on 21st January 2021, by the 1992 constitution of Ghana. Some of the ministers who served in his first term have maintained their positions while others have been promoted to be substantive ministers, an elevation made in appreciation by President.
There have been some new faces as well. 7 other ministries have also been merged and absorbed into other ministries or government agencies. There are 43 ministers, 27 cabinet ministers, and 16 regional ministers.
The individuals who are to be responsible for the efficiency of the agencies that are within their portfolio are the Ministers. They are to meet with other designated ministers to discuss and negotiate the interest of the government in national affairs. Each ministry has a comprehensive scope of what they do and plans to do in years to come.
Below are the 27 cabinet ministers appointed for various functions.
|National Security||Albert Kan Dapaah|
|Trade and Industry||Alan Kyeremanten|
|Defence||Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, MP|
|Interior||Hon. Ambrose Derry, MP|
|Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration||Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey|
|Attorney General and Minister for Justice||Godfred Dame|
|Local Gov’t, Decentralisation and rural Dev’t||Hon. Dan Botwe, MP|
|Parliamentary Affairs||Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, MP|
|Communications and Digitalisation||Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP|
|Food and Agriculture||Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto|
|Energy||Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, MP|
|Education||Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, MP|
|Health||Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, MP|
|Lands and Natural Resources||Hon. Samuel Abdulai-Jinapor, MP|
|Roads and Highways||Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, MP|
|Works and Housing||Hon. Francis Asenso Boakye, MP|
|Transport||Kwaku Ofori Asiamah|
|Fisheries and Aquaculture Development||Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, MP|
|Railway Development||Hon. John Peter Amewu, MP|
|Sanitation and Water Resources||Cecilia Abena Dapaah, MP|
|Gender, Children and Social Protection||Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, MP|
|Tourism, Arts and Culture||Awal Mohammed|
|Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs||Hon. Ebenezer Kojo Kum|
|Environment, Science, Tech, and Innovation||Hon. Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, MP|
|Employment and Labour Relations||Hon. Ignatius Baffour, MP|
|Information||Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, MP|
Regional Ministers of Ghana
The 16 ministers appointed to oversee the affairs of political and social development in the various regions of Ghana include;
|Ahafo Region||George Boakye|
|Ashanti Region||Simon Osei Mensah|
|Bono Region||Justina Owusu|
|Bono- East Region||Adu Gyan|
|Central Region||Justina Marigold Assan|
|Eastern Region||Seth Acheampong|
|Greater Accra Region||Hon. Henry Quartey, MP|
|Northern Region||Shani Alhassan Saibu|
|Volta Region||Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa|
|North-East Region||Yidana Zakaria|
|Oti Region||Joseph Makubu|
|Savannah Region||Saeed Muhazu Jibril|
|Upper East Region||Stephen Yakubu|
|Upper West Region||Dr. Hafiz Bin Salib|
|Western Region||Hon. kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, MP|
|Western North Region||Richard Obeng|
Each of these ministers ask themselves how their sector is doing, what they can do to improve upon it, and what has changed over the years? Some of these ministers have done such great jobs over the year. For instance, the minister for information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who has given wide and comprehensive coverage and information when the Corona Virus pandemic stretched its wings to Ghana, so has the ministry of health.
And they are not the only ones, education, finance, social protection, and energy have also been on their toes. Many Ghanaians, especially the youth, university graduates will appreciate it if Hon. Ignatius Baffour will step up his employment game as well, since the unemployment rate is going high, having a degree nowadays, does not mean anything because there are no jobs.
The ministry of environment, science, and technology has to prioritize the need for developing our covid- 19 vaccines, but do we have the facilities? What about the scientists and technical know-how?
What about national security? How do we investigate crimes and keep the peace in the country? Critically considering some of these things, it is quite evident that we are lacking in many of these sectors. We only saw that the health ministry existed, or is working when the pandemic struck. Before that, the health system was/is still bad. Some communities do not have hospitals or clinics and equipment, health professionals are not being paid satisfactorily.
Are things going to change with the new ministers we have now? What new projects will they take on to make a change?