Ghanaians on Wednesday afternoon were greeted with shocking news in the much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle made by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Prof John Evans Atta Mills.
The Cabinet reshuffle was extensively reported by the country’s vibrant media with interesting headlines and twists.
Some Ghanaians in the Greater Accra Region praised the President for bringing new forces which the government needs most to execute the Better Ghana agenda. Most residents in Accra say the President undertook the cabinet reshuffling at the right time.
Residents in the Central Region praised President Mills for relieving the Health Minister, Joseph Yieleh Chireh from his post.
They expressed satisfaction of dismissal of Yieleh Chireh because he recently went on leave while the medical doctors were on strike with people dying in the process.
Mathew Donkor, a resident at Twifo Praso contended that he smiled when news came that the minister has been relieved of his position.
Yaw Amoah, a driver at Agona Swedru contended that President Mills engaged in the reshuffle to divert attention from the Woyome financial scandal that has rocked his government.
But Aba Akyere, a petty trader in Cape Coast says the reshuffle was in the right direction, claiming that some ministers have overstayed in their positions for far too long that was making them pompous.
She explained that the appointment of Mr Fritz Baffour as the new Information Minister would help bring sanity in that ministry as Baffour is expected to bring his communication expertise to bear.
Kofi Tawiah Amoako, a farmer at Dunkwa -On-Offin did not take it kindly at all as he criticised President Mills for diverting attention from the Woyome’s case, adding that until the truth comes out of that case he would not forgive the government.
In the Western Region, the Youth for Nzema-Manle and Western Development, a youth group in Nzema land has commended the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Prof. John Evans Atta Mills for appointing Lee Ocran, High Commissioner to South Africa as Minister of Education designate and Steve Ackah, Member of Parliament for Suaman as the Deputy Minister designate for Local government.
The Director of Communications at the Youth for Nzema-Manle and Western Development, Evans Osei stated that: “The two appointments are very crucial to us the youth and entire citizenry at large since it would serve as a major boost to the development of the Western region and Ghana as a whole”.
Although we have been waiting for this far too long we believe it has come at the appropriate time where the region is experiencing massive development both in the oil and gas sectors, he added.
According to the group, it is however evident that the President’s appointment to the distinguished personalities in the region cuts across the various groups in the region made up of the four major walls of the such as Ahanta, Wassa, Aowin and Nzema as compared to previous regimes which focused on only the few groups that yielded nothing but sought to deepened the woes of the region.
They were quick to add that: “We commend the President for his vision to equally give the people of the Western region a fair share by appointing individuals who hails from the region and would urge his to do more; since we believe there are more of such untapped able-resourced individuals from the region who can be brought on board to execute and achieve his goals”.
If the President in his first term can allocate to the region a remarkable and enviable portfolios then if given the chance can do more for the people in terms of engaging the human resource base of the region who will assist him to embark upon his better projects for all, they noted.
For residents of the Upper West Regional capital, Wa the relieving of the Regional Minister, Alhaji Isahaku Salia of his post was a big party. Youth in the municipality were happy over the news. They accused him of being unaccountable and a seasoned dictator.
While in the Upper East Region, the appointing of Moses Asaga, a Member of Parliament for Nabdan as Minister for Employment and Social Welfare on that afternoon filled all the drinking spots in Bolgatanga, and other communities in the region.
Furthermore, some Ghanaians encouraged the new appointees to use their influences to create platforms that would always bring the fortunes to the welfare of the people which will go the way to improve their living standards.
Once again, they thanked the President for his visionary leadership style that has reflected positively on the sudden rise of the country’s development and urged all to pray for both new and existing appointees for divine health and wisdom.