The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Collins Dauda, has been dropped from the cabinet and has been replaced by the new Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor.
The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, who read a communication from the Office of the President, said the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing had been sacrificed and his place taken by the Minister of Power to meet the constitutional requirement of 19 ministers to be appointed to the cabinet.
The Minority had sighted a constitutional breach last week when the official report of Parliament of February 3 indicated 20 ministers as cabinet ministers; when the constitution said cabinet ministers should not be less than 10 and more than 19.
Ministries making cabinet status now are Ministry of Finance; Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Defence; Petroleum; Interior; Trade and Industry; Justice and Attorney-General Department; Roads and Highways; Food and Agriculture; Land and Natural Resources.
The rest are Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development; Health; Education; Employment and Labour Relations; Transport; Power; Communications; Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Collins Dauda joins Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Culture and Creative Arts and Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Ministers of State who are not cabinet members.
The ranking member of Water Resources, Works and Housing Committee of Parliament, who is also the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ofoase/Ayirebi, David Oppon-Kusi, described the removal of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing from cabinet as very unfortunate, stressing that the President did not have his priorities right for the country.
“I don’t understand why Ministries such as Gender, Children and Social Protection; Environment, Science and Technology and Transport are part of the cabinet; with other complementary ministries like Roads and Highways and Local Government, while an important ministry which is responsible for the provision of water, which is a basic necessity for every member of the community, is dropped,” he said, stressing that the President might have just looked at faces and dropped the one he thought he did not like to be part of his cabinet.
“I strongly believe there is more to Collins Dauda being dropped from the cabinet than he being a scapegoat (sic) and so I want journalists to investigate this matter,” he pointed out.
The ranking member did not understand why an important ministry should be relegated to the background while other derivative ministries whose mandates were largely captured under other important ministries were still part of the cabinet.
“To me, water is basic and primary and no individual can provide that for members of the community except the government; and now we have all our water bodies which are sources of drinking water being polluted by ‘galamsey’ operations and that if care is not taken by the next 10 years, Ghanaians will be importing water for domestic and industry consumption because all the water bodies would have been completely destroyed.’
The MP for Ofoase/Ayirebi told DAILY GUIDE that governance was built around policies and government machinery and not personalities.
“Some of the ministries in there as cabinet ministries are derivative ministries and not basic like Water Resources, Works and Housing; so the President must indeed re-consider his decision and make the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing part of his cabinet,” he said.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr
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