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Africa: Andrew Agyapa Mercer Takes Over From Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal As Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

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President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has appointed Andrew Agyapa Mercer, Member of Parliament for Sekondi and Deputy Minister for Energy, as the new Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. Mercer assumes this pivotal role, succeeding Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, who previously held the ministerial position.

According to ghanaweb.com, Mercer is the member of parliament for Sekondi, Western Region, Ghana, and is a member on the Constitutional, Legal & Parliamentary Affairs, the Privileges and the Special Budget Committees of Parliament.

He also served as Deputy Minister for Energy.

READ: Africa: Ghana Tourism Authority calls for private sector involvement to develop tourist sites

After vetting and approval by parliament, Mercer will succeed Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, a journalist, marketer, and serial entrepreneur, who served as the MoTAC lead (2021-2024) after Barbara Oteng Gyasi’s two-year tenure (2019-2021); prior, he was the Business Development Minister (2017-2021).

READ: Africa: Ghana’s Tourism sector records 400,000 tourist arrivals in 1st quarter 2022 says Minister

Mark Okraku-Mantey, who served as deputy to Dr Awal, remains at post.

According to a statement, dated Wednesday, February 14, 2024, signed and issued by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, the ministerial reshuffle takes immediate effect.

The statement also noted: “The President personally expressed his sincere appreciation directly to each of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers, who have exited Government, for their commitment, competence, dedication and hard work in office, which helped in the realization of Government’s mandate to the Ghanaian people over the last seven (7) years, and wished each of them well in their future endeavours.”

1, Ministers axed:

Ken Ofori-Atta – Finance

Kwaku Agyeman Manu – Health

Dr Kwaku Afriyie – Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation

Kwasi Amoako-Atta – Roads and Highways

Lariba Abudu – Gender, Children and Social Protection

Dan Botwe – Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development

Freda Prempeh – Sanitation and Water Resources

Ibrahim Mohammed Awal – Tourism, Arts and Culture

Joseph Makubu – Oti Region

2, Minister designates:

Dr Bernard Okoe Boye – Health

Ophelia Mensah Hayford – Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation

Fatimatu Abubakar – Information

Dakoa Newman – Gender, Children and Social Protection

Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah – Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development

Lydia Seyram Alhassan – Sanitation and Water Resources

Andrew Egyapa Mercer – Tourism, Arts and Culture

Titus Glover – Greater Accra Region

Daniel Machator – Oti Region

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