Akufo-Addo sacks Ken Ofori-Atta amid economic hardship

Ken Ofori-Atta, former Ghana Minister of Finance
Ken Ofori-Atta, former Ghana Minister of Finance

Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo has announced a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday (February 14), notably replacing the finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta amidst mounting criticism regarding Ghana’s economic challenges.

Ofori-Atta, who has been steering the government’s efforts in debt restructuring amid Ghana’s worst economic crisis in decades, will step down from his position and will be replaced by Mohammed Amin Adam, the current minister of state at the finance ministry.

Adam brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as the deputy energy minister, with oversight of the petroleum sector.

Ofori-Atta’s tenure has faced intense scrutiny from both opposition protesters and lawmakers within his own party. Critics have lambasted his management of Ghana’s economic challenges, fueling calls for change.

In a broader shake-up, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah transitions to the Housing Ministry, with his deputy, Fatimatu Abubakar, assuming the role of substantive Minister for Information.

Further adjustments include the reassignment of Interior Minister Ambrose Dery to Minister of State at the office of the President.

Overall, the reshuffle affects approximately 13 ministers of state, encompassing 10 cabinet ministers and two regional ministers. The presidency, in a press release issued on Wednesday, February 14, detailed the changes, which encompass both dismissals, reassignments, and new appointments.

Below is the full list:

Source: Daily Mail GH

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