17.06.2006 General News

Prez charges minister to ensure growth in Sector Ministry

By JoyNews
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President Kufuor has charged the new minister of Aviation to competently nurture the growth of the national carrier, Ghana International Airlines.

Gloria Akuffo who heads the ministry was also tasked by the president to institute measures to strengthen Ghana's aviation industry.

The president said these at the swearing-in of 15 ministers and deputy ministers at the Castle.

All 15 ministers and deputy ministers swore the oath of allegiance and secrecy and proceeded to sign the oath book after which they were presented with their instruments of appointment.

The ministers included Francis Poku for National Security; Alhaji Mustapha Idris for the Northern Region, Joe Ghartey for Attorney-General and Minister of Justice; Stephen Asamoah-Boateng- Local Government; and Nana Ato Arthur –Central region.

The rest were Ignatius Baffour Awuah for Brong Ahafo Region; Emmanuel Owusu Ansah - Ashanti Region; Anthony Amoah - Western region; and Kwabena Adjei Darko, Minister of State at the office of the president.

The president lamented the flagging fortunes of the national carrier and pledged his administration's support for the aviation sector.

He said, “Ghanaians want to see an airline flagging their flights.

We haven't been too lucky. Ghana Airways has left the nation with huge debts. We are trying with Ghana International Airlines and perhaps its torturing of a new born institution”

President Kufuor also advised the new Local Government minister to ensure that the government's decentralization process is well executed.

The deputy ministers who were sworn in included, Oboshie Sai-Cofie as deputy minister for Information and National Orientation; Joe Badu-Ansah – deputy minister for Tourism and Kwame Osei Prempeh - deputy Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

The others are Kojo Kwakye - Deputy Brong Ahafo regional minister and Kwesi Blay – Deputy Western regional minister.

The president urged them to include the citizens in the developmental process.

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