Feb 12, 2018 1:02 AM
At least four ministers are expected to meet the president today for an hour each of rigorous assessment and evaluation at the Flagstaff House.
National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah; Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten; Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Development, Dan Botwe and Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway are expected to answer for one year of their stewardship as ministers of state.
Given the president’s itinerary for today, Joy FM’s presidential correspondent Elton John Brobbey suspects the one-on-one encounter with the president by the four ministers will begin at 5:00pm.
National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah is expected to begin the one-hour session with the president.
He has a lot to answer for over the last 12 months of the tenure of the New Patriotic Party administration.
From vigilante attacks by followers of the party to deadly armed robberies which have claimed the lives of some police personnel, the state of security over the last 12 months will be a major concern to the president and the minister.
Kan Dapaah will have to explain how some of those incidents happened, what he has done to avert future occurrences and why he has to keep his job as Security Minister.
At 6:00pm Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten is expected to take his turn with the president. He has his job clear cut. The one district, one factory project remains one of the most audacious campaign promises of the NPP and they have no reason to renege on that.
After 12 months, Mr Kyeremanten who heads the Ministry should by now have drawn a solid roadmap for the execution of that promise and many others including the industrial parks across the country to provide jobs for the unemployed youth.
He meets the president later today to account for his stewardship over the last 12 months.
At 7:00pm Dan Botwe will take his turn. His call was to make sure governance is brought closer to the doorstep of the people and ensure devolution of power from the Central government. He was also tasked to lead the creation of new regions which was also a major campaign promise in 2016.
He will have a one-hour chat with the president to lay bare his success stories of failures as well as challenges over the period.
Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey will be the last for today. Usually a quiet ministry with lots of diplomacy, the last 12 months have been rather loud with issues of what to do with the ‘honeymoon’ expiration of the GITMO 2 fugitives in Ghana. There has also been the issue of the inhumane treatment meted out to some African and Ghanaian migrants in Libya which the Minister had to deal with and all its controversies.
Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey
Meanwhile, the immediate past vice president, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah- Arthur says this is not the first time ministers will be appraised by a president, even though he admitted the format may be quite different.
He told Joy News’ Emefa Apawu, his boss, ex-president John Mahama would have a conversation with his advisors on a performance of one minister or another and take a decision on them.
When he was asked to give his assessment of the ministers, Amissah Arthur said “there are so many of them. I have no way of assessing them.”