swears-in four new Deputy Ministers
Accra, April 3, GNA –
President John Evans Atta Mills on Friday challenged appointees
under his administration to be guided by the future and work
earnestly to fulfill the mission of improving the lives of
Ghanaians under government’s better Ghana agenda.
He asked them to remember the journey so far made to secure the
mandate of Ghanaians and be guided by their expectations for the
next four years and beyond, stressing accountability to the
people as they remained in positions of trust.
President Mills gave the reminder when he swore-in four new
Deputy Ministers at the Castle, Osu in Accra.
The Deputy Ministers who had earlier been approved by the
Appointments Committee of Ghana’s Parliament were: Dr Kwesi
Akyem Apea-Kubi for the Interior, Mrs Dzifa Aku Attivor for
Transport, Mr Elvis Afriyie Ankrah for Local Government and
Rural Development and Mr Fifi Fiavi Franklin Kwetey for Finance
and Economic Planning.
The deputy ministers took the Oath of Allegiance, Oath of a
Deputy Minister and Oath of Secrecy.
President Mills, as well as the Deputy Ministers, signed the
respective Oath Books.
He also presented each Deputy Minister with the Instrument of
Appointment, a baton painted in the Ghana national colours of
red, yellow and green with a black star in the yellow; and a
copy each of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana as a reminder of
their rights, duties and responsibilities to the state.
President Mills re-echoed that government had a clear vision and
mission of building a better Ghana and re-emphasized that his
administration would run the country on the principles of mutual
respect, without selective justice and ensure equality of all
before the law.
He congratulated the Deputy Ministers on their appointment,
pointing out that it took a lot to reach that height.
Mr. Alex Segbefia, Deputy
Chief of Staff advised
the Deputy Ministers to engage in teamwork with their
substantive Ministers, colleagues and the government hierarchy.
He said it was heartening to see the youthful exuberance that
was being exhibited in the national politics and urged the
appointees to be focused and not to be sidetracked by populist
He said they had to ensure that they took the right decisions to
meet the very high standards that Ghanaians had set for the
Mr Ankrah, on behalf of his colleagues expressed appreciation to
the President and prayed for wisdom and grace of God to
effectively discharge their duties.