President Akufo-Addo, says the 2019 budget would “reflect the hope Ghanaians have in the government and the future of the country”.
According to the President, he said though his administration inherited an ailing economy, systematically, it had succeeded, as economic indicators have shown, in putting the country’s economy back on the right path.
He added that ''there is no reason for the people of Ghana to be poor because God had endowed Ghanaians with everything, and if we put it together properly, we should be a wealthy and developed nation, that is the vision that is animating me”.
The President was speaking when he introduced into office, six new ministers whose nominations were approved by Parliament on Thursday.
They included; Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Gender and Social Protection Minister Cynthia Morrison, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Evans Opoku Bobie, Upper East Regional Minister Paulina Abayahe, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister Samuel Nuetey Ayertey, and the Deputy Brong Ahafo Minister Martin Oti Gyarko.
President Akufo-Addo told the new Ministers that they had proven their mettle and were deserving of those appointments. This took place at the Jubilee House, Accra in a short ceremony.
He informed them that though they were joining his administration half-way through its term, they should integrate speedily and cooperate with other appointees to enable the government to deliver on its policies and programme.
The President further urged the ministers to all work together to deliver on the things his administration promised the Ghanaian people that got them to vote them into power. He also said the ministers should realize that they were not in competition with each other.
He added that, though his government had delivered on some of its promises, there were still others to go, and, “if we all continue to work hard and keep our eyes on the ball”, his administration would be able to give a good account of its stewardship.
President Akufo-Addo further advised the six to stay focused, and strive, even with all the distractions they encounter, to deliver on their mandate.
Mr. Oppong Nkrumah Information Minister-designate , on behalf of the ministers, assured the President, they would work to meet the expectations of the government and Ghanaians. He also thanked the President for the confidence reposed in them.