Barring any last minutes change of mind, President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo will undertake a ministerial shake-up of his ministers to put to correct shape his vision for the country.
Even before the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, a ministry set up by the president to consolidate government’s activities by ensuring appointees live up to set targets and culminate in the overall growth agenda for the country makes public its final report in January, 2018, Flagstaff House sources have told NewsDay that, the Dr. Akoto Osei-led ministry, in October this year,presented an account of the performances of the various ministries to the President and on December 25th, Nana Addo will do a reshuffle of his ministers that will send shockwave to those who will survive the tsunami.
Chiefly amongst those likely to fall during the shake-up will be Chief of Staff, FremaOpare, National Security Minister, Albert KanDapaah, Local Government Minister, Ambrose Dery, Defense Minister Dominic Nitiwul, Trade and Industries Minister, Alan Kyerematen, Ministerof Youth and SportsIsaac Asiamah, Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid amongst many others.
Between Dominic Nitiwul and Ambrose Dery, insiders say pressure from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) apparatchiks that two people from same region must not be allowed to hold such sensitive positions in the party will be the decider of their fate, such that one of them will be kicked out to please firebrands of the party.
When the time comes, this paper gathered that Nitiwul will have to make way for Ambrose Dery because of his purported arrogance and temperament, which party faithful say is always drawing the President’s name into the mud.
Alan Kyerematen the cash man, on the other hand will be moved to the Minister of Employment as his continuous stay at the Trade Ministry is a threat to other influence peddlers with presidential ambition who say he is allegedly building his war machinery towards the right time to declare his intention.
“KanDapaah has been the most ineffective of all the ministers. In fact, he is the weakest link in this government. His handling of security issues of this country is very appalling. Look at the rate at which violence has surged in this country. If he remains at the ministry party faithful will be very angry so the president will sack him, you take it from me,” a flagstaff house with knowledge of those likely to be booted out told this paper.
Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, the paper learnt, has always nurtured the ambition to superintend over the Ministry of Communications where he believes there is a lot of money and has therefore not given out his best as regard the handling of information about the presidency and that, people close to the president speculates will see his exit from government.
As for FremaOpare, the least said about her the better. From party members to the presidential press corps everyone is complaining about her handling of her position. “It’s as if she hasn’t been in government before and the president has been briefed about her unfriendly nature, how she treats the press at the presidency as well as even the staff” six presidential staffers who pleaded anonymity told this paper.
Isaac Asiamah, the Minister for Youth and Sports too, we are told will not survive the reshuffle because of the way he handles the ministry he heads. “All his charm is laughter but has no clue what he is doing at the ministry”. Hardly a trip passes by without Asiamah on board the plane so far as it is football related.
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