By Maxwell Ofori
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has made some changes in his government, with 15 appointees being reshuffled.
One new portfolio, Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President, has been created, according to a statement issued on Thursday August 9, 2018 by the Presidency, and signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, has been named as the Minister for Energy-designate, replacing sacked Boakye Agyarko.
Information Minister Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has been moved to Zongo and Inner Cities Development, and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has been made the substantive Minister for Information.
Kweku Asoma-Cheremeh, former Bring Ahafo Regional Minister, is now the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources.
Mr Boniface Abubakar Saddique, who until the reshuffle was the sector Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development, has been re-assigned to the Office of the Vice President.
Mad. Otiko Afisah Djaba takes over from Mad Paulina Tangoba Abayage as Ambassador to Italy, since the latter has been reassigned as the Upper East Regional Minister.
Also, the Member of Parliament for Agona West, Cynthia Morrison, has been nominated Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection-designate.
Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, is now Deputy Minister for Information, as Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy Minister for Information, is now deputy Minister for Youth and Sports.
Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President.
Evans Opoku Bobie, Member of Parliament for Asunafo North constituency and former deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Brong Ahafo Regional Minister-designate.
Martin Oti Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North Constituency, is now deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister-designate.
Indications are that this is the maiden reshuffle, in anticipation of the second one, which may see some ministers going home.