Peacefmonline.com can authoritatively confirm that the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo has been dismissed with immediate effect by President Akufo-Addo.
A statement issued by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, said the President acted in accordance with article 81 (a) of the constitution.
The dismissed minister, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, has been absent from Parliament for several months and also shirked her ministerial duties.
She claims her long absence is because of a family issue; medical attention she is giving to her child.
The statement dated 28th July, 2022 from the Presidency read; "In accordance with Article 81 (a) of the Constitution, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revoked the appointment of Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya, as Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, with immediate effect."
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Earlier this year, outspoken NPP MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, hinted that Adwoa Safo may have lost interest in remaining a Minister after her failed attempt to sack Mrs Gertrude Quashigah, the National Coordinator of the School Feeding Program.
However, she was summoned by the Privileges Committee of Parliament to answer for her misconduct but all efforts to reach her, even via Zoom, proved futile since she refused to honor the invitation.
The Privileges Committee subsequently recommended that Adwoa Safo’s seat be declared vacant due to her absenteeism from the house.
Parliament was thus expected to take a decision on her status as MP on Thursday, but the Speaker, Rt. Hon Alban S.K. Bagbin, stalled in making a ruling till the House resumes sitting, saying the issue is not one that needs to be taken in a haste.
Addressing members before the House rose, the Speaker said;
“Honourable Members, I have consulted the old lady, the old lady has given me an advise and I think that advise is correct. The issue raised by the Majority Leader is both of substantive and procedural law.
I need time to submit to this house a reasoned, written ruling. I cannot in a haste of today, give you the ruling. In the circumstance, I will urge this House for us to call it a day”, he said.