President Akufo-Addo has charged his Deputy Ministers to work assiduously to justify the confidence reposed in them, saying their selection as Deputy Ministers received a barrage of criticism because of the numbers involved.
To the President, the success of the Deputy Ministers in office will vindicate their appointment from a pool of talent and shame their detractors.
Speaking at two separate events at the Banquet Hall, State House in Accra to swear in the 50 Deputy Ministers, the President did not mince words in cautioning them against acts that have the tendency to undermine the authority of the substantive Ministers.
He said an act of disloyalty against any minister will be construed to be an act of disloyalty against the President, the party and the State.
The swearing-in of the 50 deputy ministers completes the composition of President Akufo-Addo’s government.
The Deputy Ministers took the oaths of allegiance and secrecy.
The President presented to them the instrument of appointment and later signed the book of oath of ministers.
The President was happy to assemble his government within a record time. He was grateful to Parliament for the speedy manner in which the ministers and their deputies were vetted and approved.
He said the partnership between the executive and the legislature is healthy for nation building.
President Akufo-Addo reminded the Deputy Ministers of the controversy surrounding their appointment and charged them to justify their appointment as ministers of state.
President Akufo-Addo asked them to be loyal to the Ministers they will serve under.
He said he will not countenance any act of disloyalty by any deputy minister against a substantive Minister.
He announced that all the substantive ministers have declared their assets and charged the deputies to do same within the shortest possible time.
President Akufo Addo asked them to seize the opportunity to serve with humility and build a prosperous Ghana.
With majority of the deputy ministers coming from Parliament, the President asked them not to abandon Parliament because of their new portfolio as deputy ministers.
On behalf of the other Deputy Ministers, the Deputy Information Minister, Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah was grateful to the President for his trust in them.