Underfire Ghana’s Health Minister, Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has tendered in resignation to the Office of the President, your authoritative GhanaXtra.Com can confirm.
Mr. Agyeman Manu per credible information available to this portal tendered in his resignation late last night, Monday, August 9, 2021.
According to the source, even though the Minister had wanted to hang on to his position as he denies any wrongdoing, the intense public pressure in the media and pressure from the NPP finally forced him to jump the ship.
His resignation comes at the backdrop of a series of public backlash as far as the botched Sputnik V vaccine contract.
The Minister, a stalwart in the party with a very good relationship with the president had initially refused to leave in the lurch but he has to eventually bow to the pressure.
GhanaXtra.Com understands that the grave political consequences of the botched Sputnik V vaccine contract compelled the top echelon of the party to convince him to resign honourably to save the image of the government.
It is however unclear whether President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo will accept the resignation or not.
Pressure has been mounting on the Health Minister, following revelations that he entered into a contract with a middleman with parliamentary approval.
Appearing before the Parliamentary Committee that probed the Sputnik V vaccine contract, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu admitted that he erred in sanctioning the deal.
Pressure group, OccupyGhana, the Minority Caucus in Parliament, OMANI’s Kofi Bentil, and Private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu have been at the forefront calling for the head of the Minister.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, maintains that his side will not back down on their push to get the Health Minister out of the job.
“We will not abandon this matter. If the President does not revoke the appointment of the Minister for Health, we will request him through a vote of censorship to consider that matter”.