Ghana’s President John Mahama has released first reshuffle list with former Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, making a comeback into the mainstream of the administration with his nomination by the President as his Minister Designate for the Interior.
He will replace the MP for Navrongo Central, Mark Woyongo, who has been reassigned to the Flagstaff House as a Minister of State.
The President has also appointed a Management and Integrated Rural Development Specialist, Kenneth Wujangi, as a Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) at the Flagstaff House.
Mr. Wujangi, a Kokomba from Saboba in the Northern Region appears to be a very strategic appointment. For about a decade, the respected elder and citizen of the Kokomba areas of the country, was the National President of the Kokomba Youth Association.
Meanwhile Fiifi Kwetey, Minister of Agriculture has been appointed as the Minister Designate for Transport to replace Dzifa Atsivor who resigned from her position on December 23, 2015 over the controversial GHc3.6 million bus re-branding saga.
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna also takes over as the new Minister for Food & Agriculture.
A statement signed by Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, also announced the nomination of the following as Ministers of State:
- Hon. Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye (MP)- Minister Designate for Youth & Sports
- John Alexander Ackon- Minister Designate for the Ashanti Region
- Hon. Kweku Ricketts Hagan (MP)- Minister Designate for the Central Region
- Mavis Ama Frimpong- Minister Designate for the Eastern Region
- Abdallah Abubakari- Minister Designate for the Northern Region
- Hon. Albert Abongo (MP)- Minister Designate for the Upper East Region
The following have also been nominated as Deputy Ministers of State:
- Andy Osei Okrah- Deputy Minister Designate for the Ashanti Region
- Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem- Deputy Minister Designate for the Upper East Region
The reshuffle list suggests President John Mahama is repositioning ahead of the November general elections.