List of Mahama government ministers

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This is a listing of the ministers who serve in the National Democratic Congress government of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana starting from 24 July 2012 following the death of John Atta Mills.

Ministers (July 2012 to January 2013)[edit]

Mahama became the President of Ghana following the sudden death of John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.[1] He was sworn in by the Chief Justice of Ghana Georgina Wood later the same day.[2] A week after being sworn in as President, Mahama chose Kwesi Amissah-Arthur to be the vice president.[3]

President John Dramani Mahama 2012 to present
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur[3] 2012 to present
Cabinet Ministers
Office(s) Officeholder Term
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Muhammad Mumuni 2012 – 2013
Minister for the Interior William Kwasi Aboah 2012 – 2013
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Kwabena Dufuor 2012 – 2013
Minister for Defence Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith 2012 – 2013
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Benjamin Kunbuor 2012[4][5] – 2013
Minister for Education Lee Ocran 2012 – 2013
Minister for Food and Agriculture Kwesi Ahwoi 2012 – 2013
Minister for Trade and Industry Hanna Tetteh 2012 – 2013
Minister for Health Alban Bagbin (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Samuel Kwame Ofosu-Ampofo 2012 – 2013
Minister for Tourism Akua Sena Dansua (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Energy Joe Oteng-Adjei 2012 – 2013
Minister for Transport Collins Dauda (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Roads and Highways Joe Kwashie Gidisu (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Mike Allen Hammah (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Women and Children's Affairs Juliana Azumah-Mensah (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Communications Haruna Iddrisu 2012 – 2013
Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Sherry Ayitey 2012 – 2013
Minister for Information Fritz Baffour   (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Employment and Social Welfare Moses Asaga   (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing Enoch Teye Mensah (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Youth and Sports Clement Kofi Humado (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Chieftaincy and Culture Alexander Asum-Ahensah (MP) 2012 – 2013
Regional Ministers
Region Officeholder Term
Ashanti Region Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah 2012 – 2013
Brong Ahafo Region Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo 2012 – 2013
Central Region Ama Benyiwa-Doe 2012 – 2013
Eastern Region Victor Emmanuel Smith 2012 – 2013
Greater Accra Region Nii Armah Ashitey 2012 – 2013
Northern Region Moses Magbenba 2012 – 2013
Upper East Region Mark Woyongo  (MP) 2012 – 2013
Upper West Region Amin Amidu Sulemana 2012 – 2013
Volta Region Henry Ford Kamel  (MP) 2012 – 25 Dec 2012

Changes in government[edit]

Henry Kamel, Volta Regional Minister died on Christmas Day 2012 after diabetes complications.[6][7]

This set of ministers, had all been appointed by President Mills and continued until January 2013 when his term would have ended. The exception was Henry Kamel, who died after the December 7 election but before the formal handover on 7 January 2013. The ministers were advised to stay on as caretaker ministers until new ones had been confirmed in their place.

Ministers (January 2013 onwards)[edit]

Nominations for vetting[edit]

Following the swearing-in of President Mahama on 7 January 2013, the Parliament of Ghana vetted his nominations for Ministers of state from mid-January.[8]

There were three sets of nominations submitted to the Parliament of Ghana in all for appointment as Ministers of state by President Mahama. The initial list contained 12 nominations[9][10] A second list of 7 nominations were sent for approval about a week later.[11] A third list of 12 nominees were added, including 6 Ministers of state at the Presidency.[12] 2 further regional ministers were added to the list of nominees in early February 2013.[13]

All the nominees for sector ministries were approved. The nominees for Ministers of state at the Presidency are listed below:[14]

  • Alhassan Azong  (MP) — Public Sector Reform
  • Mustapha Ahmed — Development Authorities
  • Fiifi Fiavi Franklin Kwetey  (MP) — Financial and Allied institutions
  • Limuna Mohammed Muniru — Human Resource Development and Scholarships
  • Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah — Social and Allied institutions
  • Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo  (MP) — Public-Private Partnerships

In addition to the list above, Paul Victor Obeng was to be a Senior Presidential Advisor at the Presidency. Three others were nominated to oversee priority projects of the President. They were Enoch Teye Mensah (MP), Alban Bagbin (MP) and Cletus Avoka (MP).

List of ministers from January 2013[edit]

President Mahama swore in the first batch of seven ministers on 30 January 2013 following their approval by parliament.[15][16] After the approval of more nominees by Parliament on 1 February 2013[17][18] and 12 February 2013,[19] a further 17 ministers were sworn in on 14 February 2013.[20] A number of nominated Ministers at the Presidency were approved by parliament on 15 February 2013.[21]

Office(s) Officeholder Term
President John Dramani Mahama 2012 to present
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur[3] 2012 to present
Cabinet Ministers
Office(s) Officeholder Term
Minister for Foreign Affairs Hanna Tetteh  (MP) 30 January 2013 – present
Minister for the Interior Kwesi Ahwoi 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Seth Terkper 30 January 2013 – present
Minister for Defence Mark Owen Woyongo  (MP) 14 February 2013 – present
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Education Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang 2013 – present
Minister for Food and Agriculture Clement Kofi Humado  (MP) 30 January 2013 – present
Minister for Trade and Industry Haruna Iddrisu  (MP) 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Health Hanny-Sherry Ayitey 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Information and Media Relations Mahama Ayariga  (MP) 30 January 2013 – present
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Akwasi Oppong Fosu  (MP)
Julius Debrah
2013 – 30 May 2014[22]
30 May 2014 – present
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Energy and Petroleum Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah   (MP) 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Transport Dzifa Aku Ativor 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Roads and Highways Amin Amidu Sulemana   (MP) 30 January 2013 – present
Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Inusah Fuseini  (MP) 30 January 2013 – present
Minister for Communications Edward Omane Boamah 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Joe Oteng-Adjei 2013 – present
Minister for Employment and Labour Relations Nii Armah Ashitey   (MP) 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing Collins Dauda  (MP) 30 January 2013 – present
Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Nayon Bilijo 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Youth and Sports Elvis Afriyie Ankrah 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur 2013 – present
Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs Henry Seidu Daanaa 14 February 2013 – present
Minister for Government Business in Parliament Benjamin Kunbuor  (MP) 14 February 2013 – present
Regional Ministers
Region Officeholder Term
Ashanti Region Samuel Sarpong
Eric Opoku
14 February 2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present
Brong Ahafo Region Eric Opoku
Paul Evans Aidoo  (MP)
14 February 2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013
Central Region Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo
Samuel Sarpong
2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present
Eastern Region Julius Debrah
Helen Ntoso
2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present
Greater Accra Region Joshua Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo
Julius Debrah
14 February 2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present
Northern Region Moses Bukari Mabengba (acting)[23]
Bede Anwataazumo Ziedeng
7 January 2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present
Upper East Region Ephraim Avea Nsoh
Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru
(Acting minister)
2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present
Upper West Region Bede Anwataazumo Ziedeng
Ephraim Avea Nsoh
2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present
Volta Region Helen Ntoso
Joshua Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo
2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present
Western Region Paul Evans Aidoo  (MP)
Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo
14 February 2013 – 11 March 2013
11 March 2013 – present

Changes in government[edit]

President Mahama on 11 March 2013 has reshuffled regional ministers he appointed into office for the first time.[24][25][26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Mills Dies at 68". Ghana Home Page. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "John Mahama takes over as 4th President of 4th Republic". Ghana Home Page. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Amissah Arthur is Vice President". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Full Text Of Reshuffle By President Mills". Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mills meets Council of State Members, Ministers". Ghana Home Page. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "2012 tragic year for Ghana politicians". General news. Ghana Home Page. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Volta Regional Minister, Ford Kamel, is dead". General news. Ghana Home Page. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Appointment committee to start vetting ministerial nominees next week". Political news. Ghana Home Page. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mahama sends first Ministerial appointees to Parliament; Oye Lithur, Ayariga in". General news. Ghana Home Page. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Honoured, surprised, humbled; new appointees say". General news. Ghana Home Page. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Boafo, Kojo (12 January 2013). "Mahama nominates seven new ministers". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mahama appoints more ministers: Haruna for Trade". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mahama names two more regional ministers". Ghana Home Page. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Mahama's fourth ministerial list out". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Parliament approves first batch of Ministers". General news. Ghana Home Page. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "‘Think outside the box’- Mahama urges Ministers". General news. Ghana Home Page. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  17. ^ Gadugah, Nathan (1 February 2013). "Nana Oye Lithur and four other ministers approved". MyJoyOnline. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Nana Oye Lithur Approved by Appointments Committee". General news. Ghana Home Page. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Kunbuor, others approved by Parliament". Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "President Mahama Administeres Oaths Of Allegiance And Secrecy To 17 Ministers". Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Parliament approves nine more appointees". Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Local government minister sacked". Ghanaweb.com. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Bede Ziedeng takes over as Northern Regional Minister". Politics. ModernGhana.com. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "President Mahama reshuffles his regional ministers". Citi FM online. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Reshuffle is in line with Mahama's development strategy - Ayariga". myjoyonline. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Mahama announces first ministerial reshuffle". General news. Ghana Home Page. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 

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Preceded by
Mills government (2009–2012)
Government of Ghana
2012 – present
Incumbent