Professor Edmund N. Delle, the President of Commonwealth Human Rights and Health Promoters, on Monday commended President John Dramani Mahama for making broad-based ministerial nominations.
The appointment of women and men mainly on their merits and capabilities is a hallmark for forming competent government whilst the inclusion of youth, advocates, educationists and socially-exclusive persons by the President, deserves commendation.
A statement to the Ghana News Agency in Accra signed by Prof. Delle, who is also Chief Executive Officer of Rabito Health Service, called on the ministers designate to work around the clock for the benefit of Ghanaians, if their positions are approved by Parliament.
“This is the time for hard work, we expect our ministers to hit the ground running to ensure that Ghana is transformed....the ministers must justify the confidence reposed in them by the president.
“It is a privilege to be identified by the President and assigned a task in the government with oversight responsibility over a ministry,” Prof Delle stated. Prof Delle also a former Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), commended the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for using the legal means to address their concern about the Election 2012 Presidential results.
He appealed to the leadership of the NPP and the National Democratic Congress to call their members to order “as we all wait for the outcome of the petition at the Supreme Court.
“We must not allow our supporters to engage in acts with the tendency of disrupting the peace that we have been enjoying, we must keep on dialoguing and avoid confrontations,” he said.
Prof. Delle also commended the media, the security agencies and other stakeholders in the practice of democracy for their contributions in maintaining peace before, during and after the elections.
President Mahama, in accordance with article 78 of the 1992 Constitution, has so far nominated 31 ministers out of which eight are women, and one visually impaired.
They are Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, Minister for Justice and Attorney-General; Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, Minister for Education; Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Transport.
Others are Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ms. Hanny-Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Health. Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of State at the Presidency; Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah, Minister of State at the Presidency; and Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of State at the Presidency;Dr Henry Seidu Daannaa, Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs is visually impaired.
Other Ministers are: Mr Seth Tekper, Minister of Finance; Dr. Oteng Agyei, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation; Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Minister for Communications; and Mr Clement Kofi Humado, Minister for Agriculture.
Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources; Mr Collins Dauda, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing; Alhaji Amin Sulemana, Minister for Roads and Highways, and Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister for Information Mr Benjamin Bewa-Nyog Kunbuor, Minister in Charge of Government Business in Parliament; Mr. Emmanuel Armarh Kofi Buah, Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Nii Armah Ashietey, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations; and Mr. Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, Minister of Youth and Sports.
Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of the Interior; Mr Mark Woyongo, Minister of Defence; Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry; Mr Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts; and Mr Nayon Bilijo, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development.
Mr Alhassan Azong, Minister of State at the Presidency, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, Minister of State at the Presidency, Mr Fifi Kwetey, Minister of State at the Presidency, and Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, Minister of State at the Presidency.