PRESIDENT AKUFO-Addo has finally appointed a new Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, in the person of Lariba Zuweira Abudu.
A statement issued from the Presidency yesterday and signed by the Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, said this is in accordance with Article 78 of the Constitution.
Until her appointment, Lariba Zuweira Abudu, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Walewale, was the Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Her appointment is subject to the approval of Parliament.
If approved, she replaces her beleaguered colleague and MP for Dome-Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, who was last week relieved of her appointment by the President.
This was after she had deserted her post for several months, with her absence affecting government business, especially in Parliament, where she is supposed to represent the interest of her constituents.
Parliament is also considering the option of declaring her seat vacant after several months of not attending proceedings in the House, and without the knowledge and approval of the Speaker.
Meanwhile, pursuant to Article 79 of the Constitution, the President has also nominated the Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Francisca Oteng Mensah, as Deputy Minister-Designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection, subject to the approval of Parliament.
The President is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the approval of these two nominees for this important ministry and assist in the effective delivery of his mandate for his second term in office.
BY Charles Takyi-Boadu