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Balance your ministerial and parliamentary duties effectively – Akufo-Addo tells ministers

President Akufo-Addo said finding a balance between the two duties may be challenging, but they ought to perform the dual roles effectively

President Akufo-Addo has charged newly sworn-in ministers and deputy ministers most of whom are also members of Parliament, to ensure that they do not neglect their legislative duties while they go about their executive duties.

Addressing the ministers and deputy ministers at the banquet hall of the Jubilee House today, Monday, 20 May 2024, after administering the oaths of allegiance, office, and secrecy to them, President Akufo-Addo said finding a balance between the two duties may be challenging, but they ought to find a way out to perform the dual roles effectively.

“Let me remind you also of your dual roles and responsibilities in the legislature and the executive and that your appointment to the executive does not relieve you of your duties as members of the legislature, especially, taking into consideration the nature of this 8th Parliament,” President Akufo-Addo remarked.

“You will have to learn how to balance effectively your twin responsibilities as members of the legislature and members of the executive. It is an exact imbalance but doable and do it, you must. There can be no excuse for neglecting your daily parliamentary obligations,” Akufo-Addo further remarked.

Minority walk-out

In his address, President Akufo-Addo expressed his gratitude to Parliament for approving his ministerial nominees. However, he described the Minority walkout during the approval process on Friday, 17 May 2024, as a pity because they had been part of the vetting process before the final part of the process where they staged their walk-out.

“It was a pity that at the last moment, the minority which had participated in all the prior processes found it necessary to walk out of Parliament at the formal approval stage. We thank God that the walk-out was not fatal to the vote of approval,” President Akufo-Addo stated.

Quality of integrity

President Akufo-Addo as part of his address, also urged the new ministers and deputy ministers to approach their work with professionalism and a high quality of integrity. He added that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has made a binding commitment to serve the people of Ghana and the same must guard their actions and inactions.

“The quality of integrity which will permeate your work is extremely important. You have to remember, at all times, the solemn commitment that we in the New Patriotic Party have made collectively and individually, jointly and severally in the language of the lawyers – to serve the Ghanaian people honestly and competently,” Akufo-Addo said.


The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Titus Glover, on behalf of all his colleagues, expressed their gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the confidence he has reposed in them by appointing them to the high office of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

He indicated that together with his colleagues, they committed to give their best in the last seven months of the Akufo-Addo administration to convince the people of Ghana to vote the NPP back into office in the 7 December 2024 elections.

The Ministers

The ministers who were sworn in are Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, Minister of Health, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Dakoa Newman, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Andrew Egyapa Mercer Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ophelia Hayford, Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Titus Glover, Greater Accra Region Minister and Daniel Machator, Oti Region Minister.

The deputy ministerial nominees are for Information, Sylvester Tetteh, Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Vincent Ekow Assafuah, Communications and Digitalisation, Charles Acheampong; Health Adelaide Ntim and Alexander Akwasi Acquah, Works and Housing Dr Prince Hamidu Armah.

The rest are Lands and Natural Resources, Akwasi Konadu, Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Musah Abdul Aziz Ayaba, Energy John Kobina Sanie, and Collins Adomako Mensah, Education Kingsley Nyarko, Employment and Labour Relations, Festus Awuah Kwofie and Gender, Children and Social Protection Benjamin Sekyere Yeboah.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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