- It has been reported that President Akufo-Addo will collapse seven ministries in his second term
- This, according to sources close to the development was because they achieved their purpose
- Akufo-Addo secured a second term in the 2020 polls
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President Nana Akufo-Addo will reportedly collapse all the seven specialised ministries he created in his first term.
They are Ministries of Inner-City and Zongo Development, Business Development, Regional Reorganisation and Development, and Planning.
The rest are Special Development Initiatives, Aviation, and Sanitation.
President Akufo-Addo had in his first term 36 substantive ministers and seven ministers of state overall.
There were also 48 deputy ministers, as well as 16 regional ministers and 16 deputy regional ministers, bringing the total number of ministers and deputy ministers to 123.
The seven ministries are being collapsed by the president because they achieved their purpose, a source close to the development told pro-government media, Asaase Radio.
According to a report filed on Asaaseradio.com, Akufo-Addo’s number of ministers in his second term is expected to decrease by “at least 30%.”
In other news, the president appointed Dr. Isaac Owusu-Mensah as the Director of Research at the presidency.
A senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana’s Political Science Department Owusu-Mensah replaces the late Victor Newman who died on December 10, 2020.
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Owusu-Mensah led the team of researchers whose survey predicted a win for the president in the December 7, 2020, general elections.
The survey which was published on Thursday, November 26, 2020, said Akufo-Addo would be reelected for another four-year term with 51.7% of the valid votes cast whilst the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would collect 40.4%.
It also said the Ghana Union Movement (GUM’s), Christian Kwabena Andrews, would also secure 1.4% of the votes, placing him third.
The department interviewed a total of 11,000 respondents to come out with its prediction.
President Akufo-Addo went ahead to win the elections. He defeated Mahama collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
But, Mahama refused to concede defeat in the elections, filing filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, to challenge the outcome, a decision he said was borne out of principle rather than an “insatiable desire for power.”
He wants a re-run of the elections between him and Akufo-Addo, claiming that there was no winner contrary to the EC declaration.
Pre-trial for the case will start on Tuesday, January 19, 2020, and the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, would lead the bench hearing the petition.
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