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Akufo-Addo sacks Adwoa Safo as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection

The appointment has been canceled by the President with immediate effect, according to a letter from Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency.

The letter instructed Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the acting Minister, to carry out her duties until a permanent Minister was chosen.

Since Adwoa Safo has been out of the country since 2021, the President has come under fire for continuing to nominate her as the minister of gender.

The Speaker of Parliament postponed making a decision earlier today to declare the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP’s seat vacant, thus her problems have continued.

Before the house breaks for a break, the Speaker told the members that he will postpone making a decision until after the house has resumed its regular session.

“Respected Members, I talked to the elderly woman, and I believe the advice she gave me is sound. The majority leader’s concern involves both substantive and procedural law.

“Give me some time so I can write up a decision and submit it to this house. I am unable to give you the decision right away. I shall ask this House to adjourn in the circumstances, he said.

Due to Adwoa Safo’s frequent absences, the Privileges Committee of Parliament recommended that her seat be declared vacant.

The Committee contends that Sarah Adwoa Safo missed multiple opportunities to provide an explanation for her absence without leave.

In support of their argument, the majority of the committee’s members referenced Article 97 (1) (c) of the 1992 Constitution as well as the Court of Appeal’s ruling in the case of Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare v. Attorney General & 3 Ors.

On July 17, Sarah Adwoa Safo spoke out about the difficulties she is having within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

She claims that she is the target of an ongoing political witch hunt carried out by some members of the NPP and of Parliament in order to further their own narrow interests.

THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT BELOW

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