I am Akoto Adjei Alexander, a Christian. A product of Abetifi Presbyterian Senior High School, Abetifi-Kwahu. I am in my late 20’s and the last born of the boys my parent brought to earth. I am a fiction/scriptwriter who loves to write about nature and the realities of life. Furthermore, I do a little of Graphics Design, I do MC’ing of events somethings, a Motivational Speaker and a Relationship Talk Expert.
ALEXANDER AKOTO ADJEI
TV Anchor: To our cherished viewers, sorry for cutting into the movie we were showing. Classified information reaching our studio is that His Excellency the president of the republic Ghana, President Reedolf Mensah will in some few minutes time from now name the first batch of his ministers he will be ruling the country with. On this note I will hand over to my colleague who is currently at the Jubilee House so he walks us through the information he has gathered so far. Kofi Dumor if you can hear me, please tell us what is going on at the moment.
Kofi Dumor: Thank you Wendy, as you rightfully said, President Reedolf Mensah will in some few minutes time join us in this great auditorium to give out a list of the first batch of people he will be working with. As we already know, the president was sworn into the highest office of this land and as the constitution demands, he must appoint some people to work with him as cabinet members.
TV Anchor: (cuts in) Kofi please how is the atmosphere currently in the auditorium like and which people can you see in the auditorium?
Kofi Dumor: Wendy if I heard you right, the atmosphere here is very tensed. Everyone in here is in an expectant mood because no one can tell us anything about what the President has decided. I earlier on tried to engage some members of parliament who are here in a conversation but surprisingly no one was willing to speak to me until Mr President is done with the first phase of his appointment. I saw Hon. Hajia Ramatu the member of parliament for Talensi Constituency speaking with Hon. Johnson, the MP for Tarkwa in a very joyful way. I don’t know if they have been prompted whether they have a place in the President’s list.
TV Anchor: Kofi so can you please mention the names of people you are seeing in the auditorium now.
Kofi Dumor: Wendy as at now, I can see Hon. Dr. Newton, MP for Cape Coast and the longest serving member of parliament for the majority members. Next to him is Hon Asantewaa the MP for Manhyia, Hon. Nii Nortey MP for Tema West, Hon. Jawula MP for Tamale, Hon Agagla MP for Ho, Hon. Asare MP for New Juabeng South, Hon. Ing. Copson MP for Takoradi. Wendy the Vice President His Excellency James Bugri just walked in and I presume the first gentleman of the land will join us any moment from now. Ah! Wendy he just walked in. Let me hold on for now after he is done, I will run you by with the information I have gathered.
The national anthem is played as soon as the President gets to his seat and after that the President moves to the podium with a black file in his hand to address the people in the auditorium and those at home and in their offices.
President R. Mensah: Good afternoon Mr Vice President James Bugri, Honourable members of Parliament, Special Invited Guess, Diplomatic Corps and Members of the Media. I warmly welcome you to this very short but important occasion that is backed by the 1992 Constitution of our beloved country.
As we are all aware, it has been three days now as I was sworn in as the Sixth President of the Fourth Republic of this country. The Constitution demands that I appoint some people who will go through a vetting process with the Parliamentary Select Committee. If these people pass through the vetting successfully, I will then swear them in as members of the Executive Cabinet.
Before I start calling out the names of the people I have on my list here in front of me, I would like to throw a word of caution to every single personality I will appoint as Minister, Deputy Minister, Chief Executive, Municipal or District Chief Executive, Board Chairman or any relevant position that, if you have any auxiliary motive to embezzle or misuse states funds then please surrender now before the ship sails far because when the law catches up with you, I will see to it that the law deals with that person rigidly without any merit or favour.
If you also served with the previous government and you left office with anything that belongs to the state, this is your chance to return it so that no one will say a witch hunting exercise is taking place.
First on my list whom I repose utmost confidence and trust in is Hon. Mavis Asantewaa. I appoint her as my Chief of Staff.
(The people in the auditorium clap their hands as Hon. Asantewaa goes forward to shake the hands of the President)
Next on the list is Hon. Dr. Kwaku Newton whom I appoint as the Senior Minsiter of my led government.
(Hon. Dr. Newton also goes forward to shake the hand of the President)
As we all know the country can’t move forward without a Finance Minister Designate and to do that work for me, I thought of no other person than our own renowed Chief Economic Statistician Hon. Frederick Asare.
(Crowd applauds and Hon. Asare as he goes forward to exchange a handshake with the President)
President R. Mensah: As I said earlier in my Inaugural Speech, If you I am interested in protecting the national purse of this country. I have, as such, made it a point to cut down the number of ministers and deputies and also merge some of the ministries we have so that they can work hand in hand.
This will help me in the monitoring of the ministers, their deputies and the work that they do. I want a quality government but not any redundant quantity government. I am merging the Ministry of Information and the Communication Ministry together and the person to spearhead this merged ministry is the former operation director of the NCCE. Ladies and Gentlemen, help me welcome Madam Eunice Ashong.
(Out of shock she walks forward to shake hands with the President)
President R. Mensah: Next we know without laws to guide and govern us, this place will be like the jungle where only the strong survives. I hereby designate an experienced person who was called to the Bar three decades ago and is known for winning a lot of bilateral cases at the International Court to be Attorney General and that person is none but Hon. Lawyer Kwame Amakye Kwakye Fakye.
(He does what his predecessors did and stands next to Hon. Asare)
President R. Mensah: Now that I have named the custodian of the law someone will have to help enforce the law. Looking around there is no better person for now that I can call to be my Interior Minister than someone who served in the Police Service and passed through all the ranks and retired as a Commissioner of Police. Ladies and Gentlemen help me welcome Hon. Solomon Tampuri Jawula.
(Crowd claps as Hon. Jawula moves forward to exchange a handshake with the President)
President R. Mensah: As the Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, I need a Defense Minister to fall upon and help me check the military. Looking left and right I couldn’t see anyone to best do the job than Brigadier General retired John Amissah-Mensah.
(Crowd applauds as Brigadier General retired Mensah goes forward to shake the hand of the President)
President R. Mensah: On this earth no matter who you, you can’t survive without food and by so doing you all know I’m talking about the Minister for Foods and Agriculture. The person who can help us plant more food and boost our export of our rich cocoa, timber, local rice and other food products is Hon. Marvin Johnson.
(He moves forward to exchange a handshake as the crowd applauds)
President R. Mensah: After consuming all the food Hon. Johnson will help bring into the system, we will one way or the other fall sick and we need a health facility to channel our problems to. I appoint Hon. Hajia Ramatu who has been a nurse before to run the Ministry of Health very well.
(Crowd claps as she walks forward to shake the President’s hand)
President R. Mensah: There is a saying that “if you can read and write, thank the teacher”. A country that doesn’t have scholars and elites is headed to doom. I hereby designate Hon. Jeffery Copson, a retired educationalist to be our Minister for Education.
(He moves forward with a broad smile to exchange a handshake with the President)
President R. Mensah: In our daily lives everywhere we go we use transport and we need good roads so that we clump down the number of road accidents. As I said earlier, a lot of ministries has been merged in order to help us protect the nationaI purse. The Ministry of Transport, Aviation, Roads and Highways have been put together and I know I can rely on Hon. Nii Nortey Robertson to do justice to this ministry.
(with a happy face he moves forward to shake the hands of the President)
President R. Mensah: The rights of Women and Children has to be protected and by so doing I call upon a woman from a different political colour who for years has been an ardent human rights adovacte who has devoted her precious time championing the case of our women and children. I ,for a very long time, have been following her track records and I am a very great fan of her and her achievements. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the only woman who has acquitted herself distinctively to be the Minister for Gender and Social Rights, Lawyer Abena Dapaah.
(the crowd welcomes the woman with an arousing applauds as she shakes hands with the President)
President R. Mensah: I am also merging the Ministry of Sanitation, Water, Fishery and Aqua Culture together and I designate Hon. Charles Donkor to spearhead this newly created ministry. I believe he will do a great job even though it is a Herculean task.
(there is a lot of murmuring as the appointee walks forward to shake the hands of the President)
President R. Mensah: In our country here the only sports that we have channelled our attention to, but we hardly get positive results from, is football. During my tenure of office I am going to bring to the limelight those less considered sports and put up ultramodern structures for those sports. Because it is a challenging task I am designating equally a physically challenged person who once won several medals for Ghana in track events during the 1990 Olympic games held in Barcelona. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Madam Theodora Okoe as the Minister for Youth and Sports.
(crowd gives her a resounding applauds as the President moves from the podium to give her a handshake)
President R. Mensah: Tourism is one thing that makes people travel from afar to visit our country and if you will side with me, tourism goes with culture so I have again decided to merge the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts with Chieftancy and Culture. The best person who came to mind when I decided to merge this two ministries is someone who knows, respects and understands the core values of tradition, culture and linguistics. Please help me welcome Professor Kwadwo Agyekum as the Minister designate for the earlier mentioned ministry.
(crowd claps as process Agyekum moves forward to exchange handshake)
President R. Mensah: Thankfully about a decade ago God blessed our beloved country with crude oil in commercial quantity. My predecessor signed some contracts with some foreign investors which is not yielding any positive returns into this country’s coffers.
I look forward to terminate that contract even though it will cost us a lot by breaching the contract but I know we will benefit a million times within a year or two. I have decided to merge the Ministry of Land, Natrual Resource and Petroleum together and upon severe consultations the name of one person who has studied and holds a doctorate degree in petroleum engineering and also holds masters degree in mineral components name popped up. My fellow country men, I present to you Engineer Doctor Victoria Vasco.
(She moves forward to extend her handshake to the President)
President R. Mensah: Ladies and gentlemen before I take my seat I will call forward two personalities who will head my two Executive Arms. First I will call the man who has won the hearts of many people and in many countries his accolades are being sang there. He has worked with the Interpol, FBI and the CIA where each institution branded him with awards and medals, I present to the world the new Inspector General of Police Kofi Boakye.
(he walks forward, salutes the President before he extends his hand for a handshake. The crowd in the auditorium are happy with the appointment)
President R. Mensah: Another person whose name is recognised by the UN and has won the same award back to back for combating crime and spearheading the team that captured the notorious Somalia pirate and also helped in clumping down Boko Haram. I was suprised when I read her resume for the first time thinking this person was a man but no it was a she. The first female who defied all odds to rise through all the ranks to become a Lieutenant General in the army, please help me welcome the first and new Chief of Defense of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Aisha Tindana Haruna.
(She marches forward and salutes the President before stretching her hand for a handshake)
President R. Mensah: Last on my list is the man am going to entrust my life and protection to. I appoint Lieutenant Colonel Kwame Akatapori to be my bodyguard.
(He marches forward salutes, takes a handshake then immediately moves to stand behind the President)
President R. Mensah: Mr Vice President James Bugri, Honourable Members of Parliament, Diplomatic Corps present, Media Personalities, Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first phase of the designated ministers I will work with if they pass through the vetting process successfully. The deputies of these designated ministers will be released soon
The same will be done with the CEO’s of the state owned companies and institutions. God bless our homeland Ghana.
(The National l Anthem is played again and after that the designated ministers take a group photograph with the President and his Vice before he takes leave. People in the auditorium gather in groups to congratulate each other and also sieze the moment to discuss the names that were just released.
TV Anchor: Ladies and Gentlemen, if you just tuned in then, I will say you have missed a lot. The President just released the list of the people he would be looking forward to work with when they go through the Parliament Select Committee successfully.
There are a lot of messages here that our cherished viewers from home and abroad have sent in. I will try and read some but before let me go back to the Jubilee House and engage my colleague who was there when the President was naming the people he looks forward to work with. Kofi if you can hear me, kindly tell me how the atmosphere is now that His Excellency has named his first set of ministers designate.
Kofi Dumor: Wendy I can now bodly say that the tension which mounted up earlier on has died down and now I see smiles and happiness in the faces of those who heard their names in the list that were mentioned.
TV Anchor: Kofi have you had the chance to interview some of the lucky ones whose names were mentioned and their reactions to their appointments?
Kofi Dumor: Wendy I spoke with four members of Parliament whose names were mentioned off camera. Hon. Dr. Newton who if all goes well, will be the Senior Minister and he said he is very much impressed with the formidable selection the President has made. He went further to say that he is indeed very impressed with the names the President mentioned and by appointing people from other opposition parties means that the president is here not only for the interest of his party members but the whole country.
TV Anchor: Kofi so can we get some of the members the President appointed to speak to us live on this channel?
Kofi Dumor: Yes I can do that. I have next to me Lawyer Abena Dapaah, Minister Designate for Gender and Social Rights. Hello madam you are welcome to TV1 and Radio1. Can you please share your thoughts and how you feel at the moment with your appointment?
Lawyer Abena Dapaah: Good afternoon to you and your lovely viewers. Thank you also for having me on your channel. Honestly as I stand here I am in a perplexed mood because I only got an invitation letter to represent my political party here this afternoon. Little did I know Mr President had a big surprise in stock for me. I never knew I was been watched or followed from afar with my legal work I was doing for children and widows.
Kofi Dumor: (cuts in) Sorry to interrupt ma’am, you said you didn’t know Mr President will appoint you as a minister even though you lost your parliamentary seat to someone in the ruling party. Will you accept the offer or decline it since you are not a member of the ruling party?
Will Lawyer Abena Dapaah accept the political appointment or she will turn the offer down?
Do you think the president did a good thing by appointing some people from the other political parties?
To be continued…………………………………………………………………………………………………………#Yeb3toaso
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