Credible information available to the Daily Statesman indicates that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is gearing up to undertake a reshuffle of his Ministers.
Sources close to the Jubilee House have informed the paper that an official announcement regarding “the expansive reshuffle is imminent”.
President Akufo-Addo, who assumed office on January 7, 2017, has previously executed several “mini-reshuffles” during his tenure. However, this impending reshuffle, it is believed, will be of a more extensive nature, signaling potential changes in key ministerial positions.
The upcoming reshuffle is expected to involve the reassignment of current Ministers to different Ministries, the introduction of new and fresh faces into the government, as well as the promotion of some Deputy Ministers to full ministerial roles.
While the exact date of the announcement remains uncertain, our sources have hinted that it will be made “very, very soon.”
President Akufo-Addo is renowned for his practice of pre-informing affected Ministers about their status within the government, whether they are to remain in their current Ministry or face a change, or even if their appointment is being terminated. This personal approach to communication is expected to continue in this reshuffle.
The implications of this potential expansive cabinet reshuffle remain to be seen, as the President aims to rejuvenate his administration and potentially introduce fresh perspectives and expertise to key government positions.
Recently, a lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Dr George Asekere, joined others in stressing the need for the President to reshuffle his ministers.
In a media interview, he said the people, who are the custodians of power, were not entirely happy with the performance of some of the Ministers, and so there was the need to reshuffle them in order to breathe new life into the system to improve living conditions.
Dr Asekere explained that reshuffles do not necessarily mean the sacking of Ministers and that once they are trusted, they can be moved to other Ministries with a view to strengthening them for better performance.
He said reshuffle is generally a necessary condition, although “it might not be sufficient because you are dealing with people.”
“So, when you hear people talking about reshuffle, it means that the people who gave you the power, the people who are custodians of power and the people who you should be accountable to are not entirely happy; then, there is something that is not good, so that is why there is always the need for reshuffle.
“So, sometimes, it is not necessarily because the people have not performed but because our system is such that, for example, you may be a good reporter but not necessarily a good reader so you can reshuffle that person to see how they would fare in certain positions,” he said.