Dzifa Aku Ativor
President John Dramani Mahama has dropped transport minister Dzifa Aku Ativor from his cabinet, replacing her with Water resources, Works and Housing Minister, Dr Kwaku Agyeman Mensah, to ensure regional balance.
A statement to the Speaker of Parliament issued on Friday by the Secretary to Cabinet, Roger Kwesi Angsomwine, announced the President’s decision to recall the water Resources Ministry back to Cabinet after then Minister, Collins Dauda, was dropped for Dr Kwabena Donkor, Minister for the newly-created Power Ministry.
This is the second time the President is recomposing his cabinet within a month.
Ghana’s Constitution enjoins the President to appoint not less than 10 and not more than 19 members to his cabinet.
To keep the works and housing Ministry in Cabinet at the time meant the President was violating the country’s Constitution.
During the debate on the President’s State of the Nation address in the week, the Member of Parliament for Sunyani east, Kwesi Ameyaw Cheremey, drew the attention of the President to a possible constitutional breach about his cabinet composition.
According to the MP, the composition of Cabinet must represent regional balance, noting that when Dr Agyeman Mensah was reshuffled from the health Ministry, he lost his Cabinet status, leaving no representative from the Ashanti Region in cabinet.
Subsequently, to ensure a regional balance, Dzifa Ativor, who is from the Volta Region, has been replaced with the water Resources Minister, who hails from the Ashanti Region, because the Volta Region would be having two other cabinet ministers if Alex Segbefia, health Minister-nominee, is approved by Parliament to join Fifi Kwetey, Minister of Agriculture
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