Ministers are politicians who are in charge of various ministries in a country. Ministers make and implement polices.
They also make decision on policies together with other ministries.
Currently in Ghana, the president; His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo appointed 37 ministers for various ministries. Find in the below the various ministries and the ministers in charge.
Current Ministers in Ghana
|Alan John Kyeremanteng||Trade|
|Albert Kan Dapaah||National Security|
|Awal Mohammed||Business Development|
|Barbara Oteng Gyasi||Tourism, Culture and Creative Art|
|Cecilia Abena Dapaah||Sanitation and Water Resources|
|Cynthia Morrison||Gender, Children and Social Protection|
|Dan Kwaku Botwe||Regional Reorganization and Development|
|Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei||Monitoring and Evaluation|
|Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh||Education|
|Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto||Agriculture|
|Kenneth Ofori Atta||Finance|
|Elizabeth Afole Quaye||Fisheries and Aquaculture|
|Gloria Akuffo||Attorney General|
|Hajia Alima Mahama||Local Government|
|Ignatius Baffuor Awuah||Employment and Labour Relations|
|Isaac Kwame Asiamah||Youth and Sports|
|Joe Ghartey||Railways Development|
|John Peter Amewu||Energy|
|Kofi Dzamesi||Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs|
|Kojo Oppong Nkrumah||Information|
|Kwaku Agyemang Manu||Health|
|Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh||Lands and Natural Resources|
|Kweku Ofori Asiamah||Transport|
|Kwesi Amoako-Atta||Roads and Highways|
|Mavis Hawa Koomson||Special Development Initiative|
|Mustapha Abdul-Hamid||Inner cities and Zongo Development|
|Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu||Parliamentary Affairs|
|Prof. George Gyan-Baffour||National Development Planning Commission|
|Prof George Yaw Gyan Baffour||Planning|
|Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng||Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation|
|Samuel Atta Akyea||Works and Housing|
|Shirley Ayorko Botchway||Foreign Affairs|
|Ursula Owusu Ekuful||Communications|
|Yaw Osafo Marfo||Senior Minister|
Functions of Ministers in Ghana
Generally, Ministers are heads of the various ministries, ensuring that the duties of the ministry is carried out to serve the country.
Lets look at the role they various ministries play.
Roles of Ministry of Education
The ministry of education is to:
- Expand access to education
- Provide and improve infrastructure facilities
- Raise the quality of teaching and learning for effective outcomes
- Make education more relevant to national goals and aspiration by focusing on vocational and technical education.
- Make tertiary education more cost effective.
Read more on the ministry of education at http://moe.gov.gh/
Roles of Ministry of Health
The ministry of health is to:
- Develop health policies
- Set standards for health care delivery in the country.
- Provide ways for health care delivery services.
- Monitor health care agencies
- Set policies for the practice of Traditional and Alternative Medicine in the country.
- Provide source of funding for health service delivery.
- Allocate resources to all health care delivery agencies under the ministry.
Read more on the ministry of health at https://moh.gov.gh/
Roles of Ministry of Information
The ministry of information is to:
- Improve transparency and public access to information.
- Mainstream development communication across the public sector.
- Promote social accountability in the public policy cycle.
- Enhance the capacity of the media for sustainable development communication, accountability and press freedom.
Read more on the ministry of information at http://moi.gov.gh/
Roles of Ministry of Finance
The ministry of Finance is to:
- Coordinate and enforce financial sector policies and activities of regulators and other national stakeholders to facilitate the attainment of objectives of financial sector initiatives in line with government policies and social contract across industry.
- Monitor and evaluate to ensure that government economic policy is supported by a smooth and well-functioning financial system.
- Promote and facilitate the education, public awareness and financial inclusion and literacy of the public and capacity building of regulatory bodies in the financial sector.
Read more on the ministry of finance at https://www.mofep.gov.gh/about-mof
Roles of Ministry of Defence
The ministry of Defence is to:
- Initiate and formulate policies in relation to the operations of the Ghana Armed Forces.
- Work in close collaboration with the National Security Council and the enable them function efficiently.
- Facilitate the capacity building of its staff as well as those of the Ghana Armed Forces.
- Collaborate with other security agencies to ensure the maintenance of law and order in the country.
Read more of the ministry of Defence at http://mod.gov.gh/
Read on the rest of the ministries with the following links
Links To The Various Ministries in Ghana.
Ministry of Trade- www.moti.gov.gh
Ministry of Foreign Affairs- www.mfa.gov.gh
Ministry of National Security- www.mofep.gov.gh
Ministry of Business Development- www.mobd.gov.gh
Ministry of Interior- www.mint.gov.gh
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Art- www.motac.gov.gh
Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources- www.mswr.gov.gh
Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection- www.mogcsp.gov.gh
Ministry of Regional Reorganization and Development- www.mofep.gov.gh
Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation- www.mome.gov.gh
Ministry of Food and Agriculture- www.mofa.gov.gh
Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture- www.mofad.gov.gh
Ministry of Attorney General- www.mojagd.gov.gh
Ministry of Local Government- www.mlgrd.gov.gh
Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations- www.melr.gov.gh
Ministry of Youth and Sports- www.moys.gov.gh
Ministry of Railways Development- www.mrd.gov.gh
Ministry of Energy- www.energymin.gov.gh
Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs- www.mcra.gov.gh
Ministry of Aviation- www.moa.gov.gh
Ministry of Land and Natural Resources- www.minr.gov.gh
Ministry of Transport- www.mot.gov.gh
Ministry of Roads and highways- www.mrh.gov.gh
Ministry of Special Development Initiative- www.msdi.gov.gh
Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development- www.miczd.gov.gh
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs- www.mopa.gov.gh
Ministry of National Development Planning Commission- www.ndpc.gov.gh
Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation- www.mesti.gov.gh
Ministry of Works and Housing- www.mwh.gov.gh
Ministry of Communication- www.moc.gov.gh
Salary of Ministers in Ghana
In Ghana, some ministers are also members of parliament for certain constituencies. This affects their salary as compared to ministers who are only ministers and not MPs. Find below the salary of Ministers in Ghana.
- Cabinet Minister (MP) – GH¢16,423
- Cabinet Minster (Non MP) – GH¢ 16,195
- Minister of State (MP) – GH¢ 15,967
- Minister of State (Non MP) – GH¢ 15,739
- Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢ 15,967
- Regional Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢15,511
- Deputy Minster (MP) – GH¢ 14,826
- Deputy Regional Minister (MP) – GH¢14,598
- Deputy Minister (Non-MP) – GH¢ 14,369
- Dep. Regional Minster (Non-MP) – GH¢ 14,142
- Chairman, Council of State – GH¢ 14,826
- Member, Council of State – GH¢ 13,685
Aside this amount, the Ministers receives incentives such as a salon car, free fuel, service men; bodyguards, house helps, etc.
Now you can understand why our politicians leave their slick lifestyle and why many young people want to enter politics.