Some residents in Kumasi have expressed joy over the Ministerial nominations by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to them, they are excited that Ashanti Region has had the highest number so far, in terms of the nominations in the second tenure of the President.
President Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, submitted a total of 46 names to Parliament for consideration and approval, for ministerial positions in his second term in office.
Eight of the nominees are from the Ashanti Region.
They are Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister-designate for National Security, Alan Kyerematen, Minister-designate for Trade and Industry, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Minister-designate for Parliamentary Affairs and Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister-designate for Education.
The rest are Madam Cecilia Abenaa Dapaah, Minister-designate for Water Resources and Sanitation, Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister-designate for Energy, Francis Asenso Boakye, Minister-designate for Works and Housing and Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister-designate.
The residents, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi, praised the President for recognising the contribution of the Ashanti Region in his overwhelming victory in the December 2020 elections.
They also commended the President for reducing the number of Ministers in his second term.
Mrs Veronica Amoah said retaining Mr Mensah as the Regional Minister and elevating Dr Adutwum as a substantive Minister for Education was the best the President could do.
“This is because these two gentlemen worked hard in their various portfolios as ministers,” she said.
“Mr Mensah is a hardworking Minister that is why he was retained as the Ashanti Regional Minister, I hope he will continue with his good works to develop the city of Kumasi and its environs, ” she pointed out.
She added that although Dr Opoku-Prempeh was no longer the Educational Minister, she was confident that he would distinguish himself in his new area of service as the Minister of Energy.
Mr Adom Patrick, also a trader, added that he had hope in the Ministers nominated and prayed that they would work hard to support the President to achieve his vision in the next four years.
According to him, he was excited that Dr Adutwum had been elevated to fill the position of Minister for Education.
Mr Adom was hopeful that the nominees when given the mandate by Parliament would work hard to support the President to improve the living conditions of all Ghanaians in his second term.