Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture is likely to present his resignation letter to President Akufo-Addo today, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
According to reports, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto will be doing this in order to focus on his flagbearership ambitions for the New Patriotic Party (NPP). If he does, he will become the second Minister under the Akufo-Addo government to have resigned in one week.
President Akufo-Addo on January 6, accepted the resignation letter of Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto is agricultural economist and politician. He worked as an Economist, Senior Economist, Principal Economist, and Chief Economic Advisor over a period of 18 years at the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in London, England, and holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Cambridge, England.
In January 2017, President Akufo-Addo nominated Dr. Afriyie Akoto for the position of Minister of Food and Agriculture which was approved the same month.
In May 2017, President Akufo-Addo named Afriyie Akoto as one of 19 ministers who would form his cabinet. The names of the 19 ministers were submitted to the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye. As a cabinet minister, Afriyie Akoto is part of the president’s inner circle and is to aid in key decision-making activities in the country.