Newly-appointed Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asoma-Cheremeh, has cautioned illegal small-scale miners (galamseyers) not to rejoice over the reshuffling of his predecessor John Peter Amewu because he will be strengthening the fight against their illicit trade.
The former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister said the fight against galamsey is a government initiative and not one individual’s idea, and, so, he will continue the work left behind by Mr Amewu.
President Nana Akufo-Addo reshuffled his ministers on Thursday, 9 August.
Mr John Peter Amewu is now heading to the Energy Ministry where Mr Boakye Agyarko was recently fired.
Speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM hosted by Chief Jerry Forson Friday, 10 August, Mr Asoma-Cheremeh assured Ghanaians that he was going to continue all the works Mr Amewu started.
“I will continue from where Amewu left off, and, so, anybody rejoicing that Amewu has been removed should stand well because I will continue the fight against galamsey.
“The fight against galamsey will rather be strengthened under my watch, we will follow the law to ensure that the president’s vision of protecting the water bodies and the environment is achieved.”
Below is the full list:
1. John Peter Amewu – Energy (Former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources);
2. Kweku Asoma-Cheremeh – Lands and Natural Resources (Former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister);
3. Kofi Adda – Aviation (Former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources);
4. Cecilia Abena Dapaah – Sanitation and Water Resources (Former Aviation Minister);
5. Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid – Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development (Former Information Minister);
6. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – Information (Former Deputy Minister of Information);
7. Cynthia Morrison – Gender, Child and Social Protection;
8. Paulina Tangoba Abayage – Upper East Regional Minister (Former Ambassador to Italy);
9. Evans Opoku Bobie, Member of Parliament for Asunafo North Constituency and former deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, is now Brong Ahafo Regional Minister-designate;
10. Martin Oti Gyarko, Member of Parliament for Techiman North Constituency, is now Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister-designate;
11. Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Member of Parliament for Madina Constituency and former Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, is now Minister of State at the Office of the Vice-President;
12. Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, is now Minister of State at the Office of the President;
13. Pius Enam Hadzide, former deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, is now Deputy Minister of Information;
14. Perry Curtis Okudzeto, former deputy Minister of Information, is now Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports; and
15. Otiko Afisa Djaba, former Minister of Gender, Child and Social Protection, is now Ambassador-designate to Italy.