The Deputy Minister for the Eastern Region, Joseph Tetteh, has resigned, with President Nana Addo announcing his replacement.
In his letter to the President, the Deputy Minister explained that his parliamentary role is being hampered because of his work as a Deputy Minister. According to him, since his seat is the only one the NPP has won in the Krobo area, it is crucial for him to focus on retaining the seat in 2020.
Despite his reasons, reports indicate that he may have taken the decision in solidarity with former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, his close ally, who was dismissed a few weeks ago over the review of the controversial Ameri deal.
A statement from the presidency indicated that the President had nominated a lecturer at the Koforidua Technical University, Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, to replace Mr. Tetteh, who is also Member of Parliament for Upper Manya Krobo.
Mr. Samuel Ayertey, the deputy minister-designate, was also the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate for the Lower Manya Krobo constituency in the Eastern Region in the 2016 general elections.
“The President is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the vetting of the new Deputy Minister-designate for the Eastern Region so that he can assume office as quickly as possible,” the statement added.
President Akufo-Addo thanked Hon. Joseph Tetteh for his service to the nation, and assured him of his continuous support to enable him to retain the Upper Manya Krobo seat in the 2020 elections.
The immediate past Deputy Minister is the first NPP candidate to have won a seat in the Krobo area, which is a known NDC stronghold.
By: Marian Ansah/citinewsroom.com/Ghana