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Ghanaians Slam Akufo-Addo Over Ken Ofori-Atta’s ‘New’ Job As Trade Minister



President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 9, 2023 asked Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to serve as the caretaker Minister of Trade and Industry.


The development came after the President accepted the resignation of Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen after reports emerged he tendered his resignation on Thursday 5, 2023.

For some people on social media platforms, the choice of Ofori-Atta as caretaker was problematic to the extent that he already had his hands full with the Finance Ministry.

Another school of thought asked why one of Alan’s deputies could not be handed an acting role till the vacancy is filled.

In an explanation as to why none of Alan’s two deputies were ‘promoted’ to acting capacity, Kow Essuman, who is a lawyer for president Akufo-Addo said it had to do with what the law says and also the specific oath an appointee took.

“As Deputy Minister, you were nominated by the President, vetted and approved by Parliament and swore the Deputy Minister’s oath before the President. You were appointed pursuant to art. 79 to assist your Minister, who participated in Cabinet meetings.

“In your Minister’s absence from Cabinet, his/her colleague Cabinet Minister held his/her brief and provided reports and briefings to Cabinet and not the Deputy Minister,” Essuman explained.

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