Breaking News: Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Cecilia Dapaah resigns from office
Minister for Sanitation and Water Resource, Cecilia Abena Dapaah has tendered in her resignation letter to President Akufo-Addo, today Saturday 22 July 2023, following a story of her involvement in a criminal case instituted at the Circuit Court against five accused persons who are charged with the offence of stealing various sums of money from her home at Abelemkpe, a suburb of Accra.
Ms Dapaah was first appointed as Minister for Aviation by President Akufo-Addo in January 2017. She was moved by the President to the Sanitation and Water Resources ministry in a reshuffle and reappointed to the same portfolio when President Akufo-Addo begun his second term in office.
Ms Cecilia Dapaah, indicates in her letter chanced upon by DjQwequ that her decision to resign from office is motivated by the fact that she does not want her personal issues to become “a hindrance on the work of government.” She also notes that she will cooperate fully with all state agencies who may seek to engage her in any investigations.
“Since yesterday, Friday, July 21, 2023, social and traditional media have been full of stories about a court case involving a theft that took place last year in the home I live with my husband and daughter. The stories sought to suggest that I own various huge sums of foreign currencies and millions of Ghana cedis which have been stolen from my home.
“Whereas I can state emphatically that those figures do not represent correctly what my husband and I reported to the Police, I am very much aware of the import of such stories around someone in my position. I am resigning therefore because I do not want this matter to become a preoccupation of government and a hindrance to the work of government at such a crucial time” her resignation letter read.
“I intend to cooperate fully with all state agencies to enable them fully establish the facts. I have no doubt whatsoever that at the end of the processes, it will be fully established that I have conducted myself with integrity during my period in public service and I will be fully exonerated from all the allegations that have filled the public domain in the past 24 hours.
“I thank you my dear, Mr President, for the honour done me in giving me the opportunity to serve our beautiful nation Ghana” Ms Cecilia Dapaah further stated in her letter of resignation.
Prior to her resignation, Ms Dapaah issued a statement noting that the reportage on the stolen monies at her residence by two house helps is fraught with noticeable inconsistencies between what is being discussed in the public domain and the crux of the original complaint on the matter she filed.
“I refer to publications dated 21/8/2023 suggesting that I own one million dollars, three hundred thousand Euros and millions of cedis which have been stolen in my house.
“There are noticeable inconsistencies between what is being discussed in the public domain and the thrust of the original complaint on the matter. I am taking steps to examine the inconsistencies and will provide detailed response in the coming days,” the statement read.
See her resignation letter below