The resignation of Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen as the Minister for Trade and Industry has taken effect today, January 16, 2022.
The immediate past Minister presented his resignation letter to President Akufo-Addo in early January.
He intends to aspire for the flag bearer position in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Primaries which will be held later this year.
Takeover By Jinapor
The Ministry will be taken over by the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor.
On January 6, a day after Alan presented his resignation letter to the President at the Jubilee House, President Akufo announced acceptance in a press release and announced his cousin the Finance Minister as the caretaker Minister for Trade.
“The President has asked the Minister for Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, to act as caretaker Minister at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, until a substantive appointment is made”, a portion of the statement said.
This was opposed by a section of the Ghanaians.
The Jubilee House subsequently released another statement on January 13 announcing Abu Jinapor as the caretaker Minister.
“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has tasked the Minister for Lands and Natural resources, Hon Samuel Abu Jinapor, MP, to assume responsibility for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, with effect from Monday, January 16 2023, pending the appointment of a substantive replacement for the outgoing Minister, Mr Alan Kyerematen.”
Alan Presidential Ambition
Alan Kwadwo Kyeremateng officially announced his decision to aspire for the flag bearer position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on January 10, days after his resignation.
His resignation was in accordance with the constitution of the NPP for government appointees seeking to contest such positions.
“I wish to use this platform to formally announce my decision to contest the flagbearership of the New Patriotic Party when the Party officially opens nominations for that purpose”, he said in a speech on Tuesday.
Alan, like many others, sees the economy of Ghana as fragile and has thereby fashioned what he calls the Great Transformation Plan (GTP) as a solution.
He is hopeful this plan will deny Ghana the unpleasant opportunity of going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the eighteenth time and cushion the country against external forces like the COVID pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war that may arise in the future.
“To avoid going back to the IMF, we need a new Plan. A Plan that will lead us to a more self-reliant and resilient economy. That Plan must move Ghana from Stability and Growth to Transformation.”
He said this plan will span from 2025 to 2030 when he is given the nod at both the party and national levels.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini