List of Mills government ministers

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This is a listing of the ministers who served in the National Democratic Congress government of John Atta Mills in Ghana starting from 7 January 2009. The Mills presidency ended on 24 July 2012 when President John Atta Mills died.[1] Mills was succeeded by his vice president, John Dramani Mahama.[2]

List of ministers

Office(s) Officeholder Term
President John Atta Mills 2009 to 2012
Vice President John Dramani Mahama 2009–2012
Cabinet Ministers
Office(s) Officeholder Term
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Muhammad Mumuni 2009 – 2012
Minister for the Interior Cletus Avoka (MP)
Martin A. B. K. Amidu
Benjamin Kunbuor
William Kwasi Aboah
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2011
2011[3] – 2012
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Kwabena Dufuor 2009 – 2012
Minister for Defence Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith 2009 – 2012
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu
Martin Amidu
Benjamin Kunbuor
2009 – 2011
2011[3] – 2012[4]
Minister for Education Alex Tettey-Enyo  (MP)
Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu
Lee Ocran
2009 – 2011
2011[3] – 2012[7]
Minister for Food and Agriculture Kwesi Ahwoi 2009 – 2012
Minister for Trade and Industry Hanna Tetteh 2009 – 2012
Minister for Health George Sipa-Adjah Yankey
Benjamin Kunbuor
Joseph Yieleh Chireh (MP)
Alban Bagbin (MP)
2009 – 2009[8]
2009 – 2011
2011 – 2012[3]
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Joseph Yieleh Chireh (MP)
Samuel Kwame Ofosu-Ampofo
2009 – 2011
2011 – 2012[3]
Minister for Tourism Juliana Azumah-Mensah (MP)
Zita Okaikoi
Akua Sena Dansua (MP)
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2011
2011 – 2012[3]
Minister for Energy Joe Oteng-Adjei 2009 – 2012
Minister for Transport Mike Allen Hammah (MP)
Collins Dauda (MP)
2009 – 2011
2011 – 2012[3]
Minister for Roads and Highways Joe Kwashie Gidisu (MP) 2009 – 2012
Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Collins Dauda (MP)
Mike Allen Hammah (MP)
2009 – 2011
2011 – 2012[3]
Minister for Women and Children's Affairs Akua Sena Dansua (MP)
Juliana Azumah-Mensah (MP)
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2012
Minister for Communications Haruna Iddrisu 2009 – 2012
Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Sherry Ayitey 2009 – 2012
Minister for Information Zita Okaikoi
John Tia   (MP)
Fritz Baffour   (MP)
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2012
Minister for Employment and Social Welfare Stephen Amoanor Kwao   (MP)
Enoch Teye Mensah (MP)
Moses Asaga   (MP)
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2012
Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing Albert Abongo (MP)
Alban Bagbin (MP)
Enoch Teye Mensah (MP)
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2012
Minister for Youth and Sports Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak (MP)
Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo (MP)
Akua Sena Dansua (MP)
Clement Kofi Humado (MP)

2009 – 2009[9]
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2011
2011 – 2012[3]
Minister for Chieftaincy and Culture Alexander Asum-Ahensah (MP) 2009 – 2012
Regional Ministers
Region Officeholder Term
Ashanti Region Kofi Opoku-Manu
Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah
2009 – 2011
2011 – 2012
Brong Ahafo Region Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo 2009 – 2012
Central Region Ama Benyiwa-Doe 2009 – 2012
Eastern Region Samuel Kwame Ofosu-Ampofo
Dr Kwasi Akyem Apea-Kubi
Victor Emmanuel Smith
2009 – 2011[3]
2011 – 2012[10]
Greater Accra Region Nii Armah Ashitey 2009 –2012
Northern Region S.S. Nanyina
Moses Bukari Mabengba
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2012
Upper East Region Mark Woyongo 2009 – 2012
Upper West Region Mahmud Khalid
Issaku Saliah
Amin Amidu Sulemana
2009 – 2010[11]
2010 – 2012
Volta Region Joseph Amenowode  (MP)
Henry Ford Kamel  (MP)
2009 – 2012
Western Region Paul Evans Aidoo  (MP) 2009 – 2012
Ministers of State
Office(s) Officeholder Term
Minister at the Presidency Alhassan Azong 2009 – 2012
Mrs Hautie Dubie Alhassan 2009 – 2012
Amadu Seidu 2009 – 2009[8]
Stephen Amoanor Kwao   (MP) 2010 – 2012
Rafatu Halutie A. Dubie ? – 2012
Dominic Azimbe Azumah   (MP) 2012

Mills' government changes


The first batch of ministers in the NDC government were sworn in on 13 January 2009.[12] Betty Mould-Iddrisu who was initially out of the country was later sworn in as Ghana's first female Attorney General and Minister for Justice.[13]

Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak, the Minister for Sports, resigned on 25 June 2009 following findings of financial impropriety against him by a committee set up by government.[9] Two additional ministers, Dr. George Yankey, Minister for Health and Ahmed Seidu, Minister at the Presidency tended their resignations on 10 October 2009, following allegations of having accepted bribes from a United Kingdom company many years prior to the formation of this government.[8] Both ministers claim to be innocent of the allegations and are to be investigated by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice at the request of President Mills.[14]


On 25 January 2010, President Mills conducted his first cabinet reshuffle. There were changes of ministers in 7 ministries and one change of regional minister. In all, four new ministers came into government including Alban Bagbin, the Majority Leader in parliament and his deputy, John Tia. Also in were Enoch T. Mensah, a former minister in the Rawlings NDC government and Martin Amidu, the new Interior minister.[15][16]

On 11 May 2010, Mahmud Khalid, the Upper West Regional Minister was dismissed by President Mills. Khalid suggested members of his party lobbied for his dismissal.[11] Alhaji Issaku Saliah, a former MP for Wa West was nominated as his replacement[17] and approved by parliament on 23 July 2010.[18]


The second cabinet reshuffle by President Mills was in January 2011. 9 ministries were affected in all. One Regional minister was also changed. Notable changes including replacing Betty Mould-Iddrisu with Martin Amidu as Attorney-General. Zita Okaikoi and Alex Tettey-Enyo were dropped from government.[3]


In January 2012, Martin Amidu was sacked by President Mills. This followed allegations he made suggesting some members of the ruling party may be corrupt. He was asked to substantiate his allegations by Mills and subsequently sacked ostensibly because he was unable to do so.[4][19] A few days later, Betty Mould-Iddrissu, Minister for Education who was the Attorney-General before Amidu tended her resignation as Minister for Education. This was accepted by President Mills who appointed Enoch Mensah to replace her as Minister for Education temporarily.[7][20] A cabinet reshuffle was announced a few days later via a press release from the Office of the President. There were new ministers nominated for approval by parliament. These include William Kwasi Aboah for Interior, Lee Ocran for Education, Fritz Baffour MP for Ablekuma South for Information, Moses Asaga for Employment and Social Welfare, Dominic Azimbe Azumah, MP for Garu - Timpane – Minister of State and Amin Amidu Sulemani, Upper West Regional Minister designate.[5] They were all sworn in on 24 February 2012 by President Mills after having been approved by the Parliament of Ghana.[21] On 26 March 2012, President Mills appointed two new regional ministers. The former ambassador to the Czech Republic, Victor Emmanuel Smith became the new Eastern Region Minister and the MP for Buem, Henry Kamel Ford became the new Volta Region Minister.[22]

Death of President Mills

On July 24, 2012, President Mills was taken ill and died a few hours afterwards at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "President Mills Dies at 68". General news. Ghana Home Page. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  2. ^ "John Mahama takes over as 4th President of 4th Republic". General news. Ghana Home Page. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Cabinet reshuffle: Zita dropped, Betty for education". Ghana Home Page. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  4. ^ a b "Martin Amidu sacked". Ghana Home Page. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Full Text Of Reshuffle By President Mills". Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Mills meets Council of State Members, Ministers". Ghana Home Page. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b "E.T. Mensah Takes Over Education". General News. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "President accepts resignation of two ministers". General News. Ghana Home Page. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  9. ^ a b "Embattled Sports Minister Muntaka resigns". General News. Ghana Home Page. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  10. ^ "(KOFORIDUA) NEW JUABEN : Ofosu-Ampofo hands-over to incoming Minister". Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  11. ^ a b "My dismissal was orchestrated by NDC executives - Khalid". General news. Ghana Home Page. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  12. ^ "First batch of Ministers Sworn In". General News of Friday, 13 February 2009. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  13. ^ "First woman Attorney-General Sworn In". General News. Ghana Home Page. 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  14. ^ "M&J bribery scandal: Sipa-Adjah Yankey pleads innocent". General News. Ghana Home Page. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  15. ^ "President Mills reshuffles Ministers". General News. Ghana Home Page. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  16. ^ "Reshuffle Blues: Sena Dansua Heads Sports Ministry". General News. Ghana Home Page. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  17. ^ "Press Release-President Mills Nominates Upper West Regional Minister". Government of Ghana. 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  18. ^ "Isaaku Salia approved as Upper West Regional Minister". Accra Mail. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  19. ^ "Attorney-General Martin Amidu relieved of his post". General News. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  20. ^ "President Mills Relieves Attorney-General Of His Post". Ghana government. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  21. ^ "Mills tasks new ministers to excel". General News. Ghana Home Page. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  22. ^ "President Mills swears-in Victor Smith, Kamel Ford as Regional Ministers". General news. Ghana Home Page. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.

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Preceded by
Kufuor government (2001–2009)
Government of Ghana
2009 – 2012
Succeeded by
Mahama government (2012–2017)

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