The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has officially resigned.
The Agric minister presented his resignation letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House on Tuesday, January 10.
The reason why he resigned
He is resigning to focus on his Presidential ambition as he wants to lead the New Patriotic Party (NPP) into the 2024 general elections.
Dr. Akoto’s resignation comes days after Trade Minister, Alan Kyerematen also resigned from the government to focus on his Presidential ambition.
Dr Afriyie Akoto served as a Member of Parliament for the Kwadaso Constituency in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region for two terms.
In Parliament, he held the position of Deputy Ranking Member and subsequently the substantive Ranking Member for the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs until 2017 when he was appointed the Minister for Food and Agriculture.
In November 2022, in the midst of economic challenges and rising food prices, Dr Afriyie Akoto implemented the controversial Planting for Food and Jobs policy at the premises of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to sell cheaper foods to Ghanaians.