List of Mahama government ministers

This is a listing of the ministers who serve in the National Democratic Congress government of John Dramani Mahama in Ghana originally formed on 24 July 2012 following the death of John Atta Mills, and sworn in from January 2013. The government lost the December 2016 general election and its rule ended on 7 January 2017 when Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party became President.[1]

Ministers (January 2013 onwards)Edit

Nominations for vettingEdit

Following the swearing-in of President Mahama on 7 January 2013, the Parliament of Ghana vetted his nominations for Ministers of state from mid-January.[2]

There were three sets of nominations submitted to the Parliament of Ghana in all for appointment as Ministers of state by President Mahama. The initial list contained 12 nominations[3][4] A second list of 7 nominations were sent for approval about a week later.[5] A third list of 12 nominees were added, including 6 Ministers of state at the Presidency.[6] 2 further regional ministers were added to the list of nominees in early February 2013.[7]

All the nominees for sector ministries were approved. The nominees for Ministers of state at the Presidency are listed below:[8]

  • Alhassan Azong  (MP) — Public Sector Reform
  • Mustapha Ahmed — Development Authorities
  • Elvis Afriyie Ankrah — Financial and Allied institutions
  • Limuna Mohammed Muniru — Human Resource Development and Scholarships
  • Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah — Social and Allied institutions
  • Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo  (MP) — Public-Private Partnerships

In addition to the list above, Paul Victor Obeng was to be a Senior Presidential Advisor at the Presidency. Three others were nominated to oversee priority projects of the President. They were Enoch Teye Mensah (MP), Alban Bagbin (MP) and Cletus Avoka (MP).

List of ministers from January 2013Edit

President Mahama swore in the first batch of seven ministers on 30 January 2013 following their approval by parliament.[9][10] After the approval of more nominees by Parliament on 1 February 2013[11][12] and 12 February 2013,[13] a further 17 ministers were sworn in on 14 February 2013.[14] A number of nominated Ministers at the Presidency were approved by parliament on 15 February 2013.[15]

Changes in governmentEdit

President Mahama on 11 March 2013 reshuffled regional ministers he appointed into office for the first time.[16][17][18] On 16 July 2014, Mahama had another cabinet reshuffle involving a lot of ministries.[19] At the end of May 2014, President Mahama did a cabinet reshuffle. This resulted in Akwasi Oppong Fosu, the Local Government minister losing his job. He was replaced by the Eastern Regional minister, Julius Debrah. Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere was nominated to replace Julius Debrah as the Eastern Regional minister.[20]

Cabinet (Jan 2013 - Jan 2017)
Office(s) Officeholder Term
President John Dramani Mahama 2012 – 2017
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur[21] 2012 – 2017
Cabinet Ministers
Office(s) Officeholder Term
Minister for Foreign Affairs Hanna Tetteh  (MP) 30 January 2013 – 2017
Minister for the Interior Kwesi Ahwoi 14 February 2013– 16 July 2014
Mark Owen Woyongo  (MP) 16 July 2014 – 19 January 2016
Prosper Douglas Bani[22][23] 19 January 2016 – 6 January 2017
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Seth Terkper 30 January 2013 – 2017
Minister for Defence Mark Owen Woyongo  (MP) 14 February 2013 – 16 July 2014
Benjamin Kunbuor  (MP) 16 July 2014 – 2017
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong 14 February 2013 – 2017
Minister for Education Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang 2013 – 2017
Minister for Food and Agriculture Clement Kofi Humado  (MP) 30 January 2013 – ?
Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey  (MP) 16 July 2014 – 2017
Minister for Trade and Industry Haruna Iddrisu  (MP) 14 February 2013 – 16 July 2014
Ekwow Spio-Garbrah 16 July 2014 – 2017
Minister for Health Hanny-Sherry Ayitey 14 February 2013 – 16 July 2014
Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah 16 July 2014 – 14 March 2015
Alex Segbefia 16 March 2015 – 2017
Minister for Information and Media Relations
(merged with Minister for Communications from 16 July 2014)
Mahama Ayariga  (MP) 30 January 2013 – 16 July 2014
(merged with Minister for Communications from 16 July 2014)
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Akwasi Oppong Fosu  (MP) 2013 – 30 May 2014[24]
Julius Debrah 30 May 2014 – 2015
Collins Dauda 2015 – 2017
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare 14 February 2013 – 2017
Minister for Energy and Petroleum Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah   (MP) 14 February 2013 – 2017
Minister for Transport Dzifa Aku Ativor 14 February 2013 – 23 December 2015[25]
Minister for Roads and Highways Amin Amidu Sulemana   (MP) 30 January 2013 – 16 July 2014
Inusah Fuseini  (MP) 16 July 2014 – 2017
Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Inusah Fuseini  (MP) 30 January 2013 – 16 July 2014
Nii Osah Mills 16 July 2014 – 2017
Minister for Communications Edward Omane Boamah 14 February 2013 – 7 January 2017
Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Joe Oteng-Adjei 2013 – 16 July 2014
Akwasi Oppong Fosu 16 July 2014- 14 March 2015
Mahama Ayariga  (MP) 16 March 2015 – 2017
Minister for Employment and Labour Relations Nii Armah Ashitey  (MP) 14 February 2013 – 16 July 2014
Haruna Iddrisu   (MP) 16 July 2014 – 2017
Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing Collins Dauda  (MP) 30 January 2013 – 14 March 2015
Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah  16 March 2015 – 2017
Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Nayon Bilijo 14 February 2013 – 16 July 2014
Hanny-Sherry Ayitey 16 July 2014 – 2017
Minister for Youth and Sports Elvis Afriyie Ankrah 14 February 2013 – 16 July 2014
Mahama Ayariga  (MP) 16 July 2014 – 14 March 2015
Mustapha Ahmed 15 March 2015 – 2017
Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur 2013 – 2017
Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs Henry Seidu Daanaa 14 February 2013 – 2017
Minister for Government Business in Parliament Benjamin Kunbuor  (MP) 14 February 2013 – 16 July 2014
Alban Bagbin (MP) 16 July 2014 – 2017
Minister for Power Kwabena Donkor (MP) 2014 – 31 December 2015[26]
Regional Ministers
Region Officeholder Term
Ashanti Regional Minister Samuel Sarpong 14 February 2013 – 11 March 2013
Eric Opoku 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Samuel Sarpong 16 July 2014 – 14 March 2015
Peter Anarfi-Mensah 16 March 2015 – 2017
Brong Ahafo Region Eric Opoku 14 February 2013 – 11 March 2013
Paul Evans Aidoo  (MP) 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Eric Opoku 16 July 2014 – 2017
Central Region Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo 2013 – 11 March 2013
Samuel Sarpong 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Aquinas Tawiah Quansah  (MP) 16 July 2014 – January 2016
Kweku George Ricketts-Hagan  (MP) January 2016 – 2017
Eastern Region Julius Debrah 2013 – 11 March 2013
Helen Ntoso 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Antwi Boasiako Sekyere 16 July 2014 – 2017
Greater Accra Regional Minister Joshua Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo   (MP) 14 February 2013 – 11 March 2013
Julius Debrah 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Joshua Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo   (MP) 16 July 2014 – 2017
Northern Region Moses Bukari Mabengba (acting)[27] 7 January 2013 – 11 March 2013
Bede Anwataazumo Ziedeng 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Limuna Mohammed Muniru 16 July 2014 – January 2017
Upper East Region Ephraim Avea Nsoh 2013 – 11 March 2013
Limuna Mohammed Muniru
(acting minister)
11 March 2013– 16 July 2014
James Zooglah Tiigah 16 July 2014 – January 2017
Upper West Region Bede Anwataazumo Ziedeng 2013 – 11 March 2013
Ephraim Avea Nsoh 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Amin Amidu Sulemana (MP) 16 July 2014 – January 2017
Volta Regional Minister Helen Ntoso 2013 – 11 March 2013
Joshua Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Helen Ntoso 16 July 2014 – January 2017
Western Region Paul Evans Aidoo  (MP) 14 February 2013 – 11 March 2013
Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo 11 March 2013 – 16 July 2014
Paul Evans Aidoo  (MP) 16 July 2014 – January 2017

Ministers (July 2012 to January 2013)Edit

Mahama became the President of Ghana following the sudden death of John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.[28] He was sworn in by the Chief Justice of Ghana Georgina Wood later the same day.[29] A week after being sworn in as President, Mahama chose Kwesi Amissah-Arthur to be the vice president.[21]

Cabinet (Jul 2012 - Jan 2013)
President John Dramani Mahama 2012 – January 2017
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur[21] 2012 – January 2017
Cabinet Ministers
Office(s) Officeholder Term
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Muhammad Mumuni 2012 – 2013
Minister for the Interior William Kwasi Aboah 2012 – 2013
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Kwabena Dufuor 2012 – 2013
Minister for Defence Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith 2012 – 2013
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Benjamin Kunbuor 2012[30][31] – 2013
Minister for Education Lee Ocran 2012 – 2013
Minister for Food and Agriculture Kwesi Ahwoi 2012 – 2013
Minister for Trade and Industry Hanna Tetteh 2012 – 2013
Minister for Health Alban Bagbin (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Samuel Kwame Ofosu-Ampofo 2012 – 2013
Minister for Tourism Akua Sena Dansua (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Energy Joe Oteng-Adjei 2012 – 2013
Minister for Transport Collins Dauda (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Roads and Highways Joe Kwashie Gidisu (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Mike Allen Hammah (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Women and Children's Affairs Juliana Azumah-Mensah (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Communications Haruna Iddrisu 2012 – 2013
Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Sherry Ayitey 2012 – 2013
Minister for Information Fritz Baffour   (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Employment and Social Welfare Moses Asaga   (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing Enoch Teye Mensah (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Youth and Sports Clement Kofi Humado (MP) 2012 – 2013
Minister for Chieftaincy and Culture Alexander Asum-Ahensah (MP) 2012 – 2013
Regional Ministers
Region Officeholder Term
Ashanti Region Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah 2012 – 2013
Brong Ahafo Region Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo 2012 – 2013
Central Region Ama Benyiwa-Doe 2012 – 2013
Eastern Region Victor Emmanuel Smith 2012 – 2013
Greater Accra Regional Minister Nii Armah Ashitey 2012 – 2013
Northern Region Moses Magbenba 2012 – 2013
Upper East Region Mark Woyongo  (MP) 2012 – 2013
Upper West Region Amin Amidu Sulemana 2012 – 2013
Volta Regional Minister Henry Ford Kamel  (MP) 2012 – 25 Dec 2012

Changes in governmentEdit

Henry Kamel, Volta Regional Minister died on Christmas Day 2012 after diabetes complications.[32][33]

This set of ministers, had all been appointed by President Mills and continued until January 2013 when his term would have ended. The exception was Henry Kamel, who died after the December 7 election but before the formal handover on 7 January 2013. The ministers were advised to stay on as caretaker ministers until new ones had been confirmed in their place.

See alsoEdit

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Preceded by
Mills government (2009–2012)
Government of Ghana
2012 – 2017
Succeeded by
Akufo-Addo government (2017 – present)