Hon. Isaac Asiamah, the Member of Parlaiment for Atwima Mponua constituency in the Ashanti region and chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on sports has rubbished any hopes Ghanaians might have in the newly appointed sports minister, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye.
The President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday made a reshuffling to his ministerial team which saw Dr Mustapha Ahmed replaced by Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, the MP for Odododiodio constituency in the Greater Accra region.
A statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, named the former aide to the late President, Atta Mills, among a seven member list to replace some previous substantive ministers.
Speaking on HOT FM on Tuesday, Isaac Asiamah reiterated that, “the President himself for the past seven years has not achieved anything so I don’t expect anything different from him. Nii Lantey is not different from the other sports ministers who have served the country”.
He therefore advised Ghanaians to quash any hopes for a quick over turn of the fortunes of the ministry. Ghana’s sports ministry has seen a musical chair style appointment with ministers appointed, barely lasting a year in office.
Nii Lantey Vanderpuye is the 8 sports minister under the 7 year administration of the current NDC regime.
Ekua Sena Dansuah, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Mahama Ayariga and Clement Kofi Houmado are a few of the ministers who had to pack out of office when they had barely settled down.
A few people have expressed their displeasure at the removal of Mustapha Ahmed, whilst a few others are of the view that the appointments are for political expediency.
The MP was quick to add his voice to that assertion as he claimed that, “the president promised every district was going to get a stadium and as at now, not even one, has been built whereas former President Kuffour built 4 stadia.”
The former broadcast journalist, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye until his appointment on Tuesday was the deputy minister for Trade and Industry.