The Gender Minister, Sarah Adwoa Safo has had her leave extended by President Akufo-Addo.
The leave, which she sought for personal reasons was supposed to have ended on August 31, 2021.
Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin in a statement on Wednesday said Adwoa Safo’s leave has been extended. It did not, however, state when she will resume.
According to him Mrs Sarfo has been unhappy with President Akufo-Addo’s decision to compel her to reinstate the National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding programme, Mrs Gertrude Quarshigah after she fired her from post.
Elikem was questioning the whereabouts and silence of the gender minister concerning the defilement of 19 boys by a teacher at the Kulpi Junior High School in Salaga.
Mr Kotoko said considering the ordeal the 19 boys have been subjected to and the time it has taken for the sector minister to address the issue, he wonders if there would be enough evidence if medical examination is conducted on them to convict the perpetrator.
“I do not know till when we as a country will begin to take stringent action on such matters. The question that begs to be answered is, where is our gender minister? I think we are having too many square pegs in round holes which they don’t want to be told exactly who they are. Since the incident happened, I haven’t heard anything from Madam Adwoa Safo, I am told she has not even been reporting to work because she is angry the President directed her to recall Madam Beatrice Quashigah whom she fired.
“It is very worrying if you look at the ordeal the boys have gone through, the time that has elapsed and now has to take the MP to go to their rescue, would there be enough evidence to implicate the suspect in this case?” Mr Kotoko quizzed on TV3’s the New Day.
Meanwhile, “In her absence, and until further notice, President Akufo-Addo has directed the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, to act as caretaker Minister,” the statement said.