Ohene Ntow: Alan’s resignation is “perfect timing”

Alan Kyerematen resigned on Thursday (5 January) after meeting with Akufo-Addo to inform him personally of his decision to leave office

The former general secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Ohene Ntow has described Thursday’s resignation of the trade minister Alan Kyerematen as “perfect timing”.

As Kyerematen, popularly known as “Alan Cash”, prepares to bid to run as the flagbearer for the governing party in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election, the pollster Ben Ephson said the resignation was long overdue.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show yesterday (Friday 6 January 2023), Ephson said: “It’s been too long in coming. We should expect a reshuffle in the coming weeks. By Tuesday or Wednesday it will be clear.”

However, appearing on The Forum – the weekend news analysis show on Asaase 99.5 Accra – on Saturday (7 January 2023), Ohene Ntow said the resignation was well timed, taking into consideration the electoral timetable for the party and Ghana’s general political outlook.

“First of all, we’re talking about Alan Kyerematen, who we all agree is a very experienced politician,” the close confidant of the former trade minister told the Forum host, Kwaku Agyeman-Budu.

“We also know he has an ambition to lead our great party and the country. We are also looking at the timetable that is likely to be announced by the NPP.

“So, when I take all those into account, I think it’s a perfect timing,” the former broadcaster said.

“I wish you well” – Akufo-Addo to Alan

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has accepted the resignation from office of Kyerematen.

Kyerematen resigned on Thursday (5 January) after meeting with Akufo-Addo to inform him personally of his decision to leave office.

The president thanked Kyerematen for his service to the government and the country and wished him well in his future endeavours, a statement issued by the Office of the President said.

“The president has asked the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to act as caretaker minister at the Ministry of Trade and Industry until a substantive appointment is made,” said the director of communications at the Office of the President, Eugene Arhin, in the statement issued yesterday.

Below is the full statement:

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