14 January 2013

Ghana: Mumuni, Duffour Lose Portfolios

After months of speculations, Ghanaians were finally hit with the reality when the President, John Dramani released his first twelve ministerial appointments, with Dr. Kwabena Duffour and Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni losing the positions they have held for the past four years.

The two were substantive ministers at the Ministries of Finance & Economic Planning and the Foreign Affairs respectively. Per the ministerial nominees presented to Parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would be managed by Madam Hannah Tetteh, while that of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has Mr. Seth Terkper, taking over from his boss, Dr. Duffour. Mr. Terkper is the outgoing Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Finance.

The President's nominees were announced in Parliament by the Speaker,

Edward Doe Adjaho, last Friday. The President is enjoined by Article 78 of the Constitution to inform the august House about nominees of Ministers of State designate for approval.

Alhaji Mumuni, according to inside sources, was hoping the President would retain him at the Foreign Affairs ministry, but his hope has been shattered. He was widely reported in the media as having rejected the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament position proposed by the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), prior to the inauguration of the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

He was subsequently replaced with the outgoing Deputy Attorney-General (A-G) and MP for Cape Coast North, Ebo Barton Oduro. Alhaji Mumuni was allegedly reported to have declined the offer on the grounds that he was going to work under Edward Doe Adjaho, his junior at the bar.

But in a swift response, the former Foreign Affairs Minister denied rejecting the offer, noting that he was not formally informed of any job of such nature. It remains to be seen whether Alhaji Mumuni and Dr. Kwabena Duffuor would be assigned new ministerial roles. The two, together with other substantive ministers in the previous administration, are currently in caretaker positions of their respective ministries, pending the vetting and subsequent approval of the President's nominees by Parliament. In addition to the above, the President also appointed two fresh limbs in his twelve nominees to help him manage the country.

They include; Prof. Naan Opoku-Agyemang, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast as Minister-designate for the Ministry of Education; and gender advocate, Nana Oye Lithur as Minister-designate for the newly created Ministry of Gender, Children and Social

Protection.

Other nominees reassigned by the President include; Akwasi Opong-Fosu, MP, as Minister-designate for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development; Clement Kofi Humado, MP, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Agriculture; Alhaji A. B. Inusah Fuseini, MP,

Minister-designate for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources; and Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani, MP, as Minister-designate for the Ministry of Roads and Highways.

The rest are; Alhaji Collins Dauda, MP, Minister -designate for the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing; Dr. Omane Boamah, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Communications; Mahama Ayariga, MP, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Information; Dr. Oteng Adjei, and Minister-designate for the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

The nominees were then referred to the Appointments Committee of Parliament for consideration and report to the House by the Speaker.

PROFILE OF HANNAH TETTEH

Madam Tetteh was the Communication's Director for the President's campaign for the 2012 general elections. She is the MP for Awutu Senya West and the outgoing Minister of Trade and Industry.

Hanna Tetteh (born 31 May 1967) is a Ghanaian barrister and politician. She was the Minister for Trade and Industry of Ghana from 2009 t0 January 2013. She also served as a Member of Parliament between 2001 and 2005. She won the December 7th 2012 General election and returned to parliament for the 6th Parliament of the 4th Republic on 7th January 2013.

Hanna Tetteh was born in Szeged, Hungary. Her secondary education was at the Wesley Girls High School at Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana from 1978 to 1985. Between 1986 and 1989, she studied law at the University of Ghana where she obtained the Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree. She then attended the Ghana Law School, becoming a Barrister-at-Law in 1992.

Hanna Tetteh worked as a Legal Officer with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) from 1992 to 1993. She then worked in private legal practice at the Ansa-Asare and Company Hencil Chambers in Accra, Ghana. In 1995, she served as a legal officer with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Ghana. Later that same year, she joined the Ghana Agro Food Company, a company involved with tuna canning, wheat milling, feed

milling, and fishmeal production and veterinary drugs at Tema[1] in the Greater Accra Region where she held several positions until she went into politics in 2000. She returned to the same company in 2005 where she worked until 2009. Hanna Tetteh won the Awutu Senya constituency seat in the December 2000 parliamentary election and served for one term as National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament on the opposition benches. She did not contest her seat in the next election. In 2008, she returned into politics, becoming the communications director of John

Atta Mills' campaign during the December 2008 presidential elections. In February 2009, following his appointment as the new President of Ghana, John Atta

Mills appointed her Minister of Trade and Industry. She was the also the campaign Director for John Mahama during the December 2012 General Elections. She also contested for the newly created Awutu Senya West parliamentary seat and won. She was reported to have been nominated by President John Dramani Mahama as Foreign Minister to replace Mohammed Mumuni. Hanna Tetteh is a director of Accra Hearts of Oak SC.

PROFILE OF NAANA JANE OPOKU-AGYEMANG

Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, is the Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and also the first female Vice-Chancellor of a state University in Ghana. She assumed duty on 1 October 2008 after succeeding Reverend Professor Emmanuel Addow-Obeng whose tenure of office as Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast ended on that same date.

Born on November 22, 1951 in Cape Coast, Ghana, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang hails from Komenda. She attended Anglican Girl's Secondary School at Koforidua and Aburi Presby Girl's School. She then had her secondary education at the Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast from 1964 to 1971, where she was the School Prefect in her final year. She completed her B.A.(Hons) Ed. at the University of Cape Coast in 1977 and obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada. in 1980 and 1986 respectively. She has taught and worked at the University of Cape Coast from 1986. She has held various academic positions including Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Warden of Adehye Hall, Valco Trust Fund Post-Graduate Hostel, and Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research. From 1997, she has held the position of Academic Director of the School for International Training in the History and Cultures of the African Diaspora.

In March, 2007, she was one of five eminent scholars selected from around the world to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to deliver presentations during the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery.

In October 2009, she was elected Ghana's representative to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

She is a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, University Teachers Association of Ghana, English Studies Association, African Studies Association, USA, African Literature Association, USA and International Fulbright Scholars Association, among others.

She has been honoured with honorary degrees from the University of West Indies[2] and Winston Salem University. She has also received an award for Global leadership from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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