A group calling itself, the Association of Aides to Regional Chairmen of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has listed some ten government functionaries and appointees as ‘Outstanding Performers’ in the Akufo-Addo led administration for the year 2018.
The list made up of ministers, deputies and Chief Executives of some government agencies and institutions, the group noted, was centered on the efficient leadership style, accessibility and effective cooperation the various appointees had with the grassroots in the past year.
A press release signed by association’s Coordinator Andy Owusu and Research/Publicity officer, Elikem Sewordor stated that, the rating was based on a survey conducted to seek the opinions of the grassroots on which Minister has done exceptionally well and need to be recognized.
Among the top three outstanding ministers for 2018, according to the group, was the minister for food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister for Regional Reorganization, Mr. Dan Botwe and Mr. Joe Ghartey, minister for Railways Development.
Information Minister, Mr. Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah was also named the most visible minister in the year under review.
In the deputy ministers’ category, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, deputy minister for Education, Mr. Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah deputy minister of Regional Reorganization as well as Mr. George Oduro, Deputy Minister for food and Agriculture, were named by the group as most outstanding deputy ministers.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officers category has the Managing Director of ECG Ing. Boakye Appiah, Managing Director of the registrar, scholarship secretariat Mr. Kingsley Agyemang and the Managing Director of buffer stock Mr. Hanan Abdul Wahab as the most outstanding MD’s and CEO’s in 2018.
The statement from the group however emphasized that, ‘all others ministers, deputies and CEOs equally performed creditably well and it was a hectic task distinguishing these outstanding performers.’
Below is the Full Statement from the Group
12th January, 2019
OUTSTANDING MINISTERS, DEPUTIES AND CEOs IN 2018
The Association of Aides to Regional Chairmen of the New Patriotic Party rates these Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Managing Directors/CEO of the Akufo Addo led government as the most outstanding performers in 2018.
Our fair and objective rating is primarily based on their performance in the year under review, their efficient leadership style, accessibility of these Ministers and the effective cooperation they offered to the grassroots.
We also wish to emphasize that all others ministers, deputies and CEOs equally performed creditably well and it was a hectic task distinguishing these outstanding performers. Just to mention a few the Education Minister, Roads and Highways, the Works and housing were all exceptional ministers in 2018
But, we per our stands as Aides who pick information at the grassroots we single out these top performers in this order.
- HON AFRIYIE AKOTO
(Minister of Agriculture)
His tremendous achievements on the planting for food and jobs programme set him apart from the others. Under his leadership at the Agric ministry, Ghana has enough food in our local market and for the first time in many years, the country export food like plantain, maize etc to our neighbouring countries, even in the midst of Army Worm, he fought it and made a great stride. Through his visionary leadership, he organised focus group discussions with farmers from time to time to unearth their challenges. This has been the backbone to his success at the Ministry. We congratulate Dr. Akoto for this remarkable success and we hope for more in 2019.
- HON. DAN BOTWE
(Minister of Regional Reorganization)
This man has always been referred to as a workaholic. We believe as a group that the President only needed a person like him to oversee the hectic task of creating new regions. His style of Regional reorganisation was perfect and out of that we had a peaceful referendum and the creation of new regions. This enviable success can never be overlooked. We congratulate him for his leadership in the creation of the new regions.
- HON. JOE GHARTEY
(Minister of Railway Development)
Every Ghanaian could attests to the great infrastructure development underway at the railway ministry. Under the watch of Hon. Ghartey, the railway sector has seen a massive uplift and his achievements were quite clear in 2018. We have to appreciate and congratulate him for such an outstanding leadership.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTIVE DEPUTY MINISTERS
- Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum
(Deputy Minister of Education)
His works as a deputy minister was exceptional and exemplary. Dr. Adutwum in this category performed remarkably well with his in-depth explanation of the free SHS policy and the double track system. He assisted his boss really well and we have a firm believe that ‘Napo’, the Minister of Education is fortunate to have gotten an assistant like such. Congratulations Dr. Adutwum for your efficiently role as a deputy minister of education
- HON George Oduro
(Deputy Minister for Agric.)
The whole country saw his good works in 2018. He supported his boss Dr. Akoto efficiently. He was seen always assisting and facilitating the planting for food and jobs programme and it is not surprising that the Agric ministry made a lot of strides in 2018. We appreciate your efforts, Hon. Oduro.
- HON. Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah
(Deputy Minister, Regional Reorganization)
Mr. Korsah’s role in the creation of the new regions cannot be underestimated. He played a great role and efficiently assisted his boss in the reorganization process. We thank you and congratulate you for your good works.
Most Visible Minister
Hon. Kwadjo Oppong Nkrumah
(Minister of Information)
He is undoubtedly the most visible and outstanding ministers. His communications style, his values and his leadership qualities make him an outstanding performer. We congratulate him and appreciate his good works.
M.D/CEO OF THE YEAR
- MANAGING DIRECTOR, ECG
(Ing. Boakye Appiah)
We rate him higher because he took charge when electricity supply was a problem in Ghana companies were running down as a result of the power crisis during the NDC’s regrettable era. He took charge from the regrettable era of ‘Dumsor’ and under his leadership; ‘Dumsor’ is now a thing of the past. We cannot overlook his achievements.
- MANAGING DIRECTOR, BUFFER STOCK
(Mr. Hanan Abdul Wahab)
He is a contributing factor to the success of the free SHS programme. Due to his efficient leadership, food supply to SHS nationwide has been timely and that is remarkable. We appreciate your efforts Sir.
- REGISTRAR, SCHOLARSHIP SECRETARIAT
(Mr. Kingsley Agyeman)
The decentralization of the scholarship scheme made scholarship acquisition accessible to all even those at the district levels. This made him one of the best and also an outstanding performer as an M.D in 2018.
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