President Nana Akuffo-Addo has appointed Pius Hadzide as Deputy Youth and Sports Minister.
The appointment was confirmed in a list released on Wednesday by the Presidency for Parliamentary approval.
Hadzide’s appointment is seen a bit of a surprise as there were strong indications that Hearts of Oak CEO, Vincent Sowah Odotei, was going to the Ministry.
Odotei has now been assigned to the Communications Ministry.
In a Facebook post, Hadzide expressed his gratitude to the President for the opportunity to serve the youth and the sports sectors of the nation’s life.
“I am extremely grateful and thank His Excellency the President for the confidence reposed in me by nominating me as Deputy Minister Designate for Youth and Sports.
It has been insightful and delightful serving our party and studying at his feet for several years and particularly as Campaign Aide during the last elections; an important learning experience. I am glad that once again I have been offered the opportunity to serve my country, and my President.
The challenges that confront our country at this point are enormous. Youth development and mobilization as well as sports development are essential tools for socio-economic development.
The youth are both the future leaders and present workforce of our country.
I shall endeavor to assist, with all my heart, my boss, friend and mentor, Hon Isaac Asiamah, the sector minister who by all standards is a fine gentleman with a clear vision. His wealth of knowledge is an asset I intend to tap into.
I thank the Almighty for how far He has brought us. I thank my family and friends for standing with me all this while.
I look forward to a smooth approval from parliament and I look forward to working with all stakeholders and indeed the entire Ghanaian people to deliver on the Presidents’ vision and mandate. God being my helper!!!
Thank you Your Excellency. I’m Ready to Serve.”
Pius Hadzide worked as a campaign aide during the 2016 general elections and he worked in the area of organizing the youth of the New Patriotic Party.
He even contested the National Youth Organiser’s position on three occasions but he was not successful.
In 2012, he lost the Ketu South Parliamentary Parliamentary polls to Fiifi Fiave Kwetey of the NDC.
Parliament will vet the various nominees for the positions of deputy ministers before subsequent approval by the President.