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Parliament approves 12 of Akufo-Addo’s appointees by consensus

Parliament has by consensus, approved 12 of Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominations of 40 Ministerial and Deputy Ministerial Appointments after vetting by the Appointments Committee.

The approval of the 12 nominees on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, follows a unanimous voice vote from both the Majority and Minority sides of the House without dissent.

The nominees approved are Charles Kofi Asare Adu-Boahen for Finance; Benito Owusu-Bio for Lands and Natural Resources; Augustine Collins Ntim and Osei Bonsu Amoah both for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.

The others are William Owuraku Aidoo for Energy; Abena Osei-Asare for Finance; Yaw Frimpong Addo for Food and Agriculture; and Kwaku Asante Boateng for Railway Development.

The rest are Ama Pomaa Boateng for Communications and Digitalisation; Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Moses Anim for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development; and Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei for Trade and Industry.

The approval of the 12 appointees came after the Appointments Committee Chairman, Joseph Osei-Owusu, presented the Fifth Report of the Committee on the President’s nominees and moved a motion for the House to adopt and approve the Committee’s report.

Moving the motion for the House to adopt the report on the twelve nominees, Hon. Osei-Owusu told the House that the 26-member Committee, by consensus, had endorsed the approval of all the appointees after they had been duly vetted.

He said the names of the nominees and notice of the Committee’s Public Hearing were published in newspapers with national circulation for the attention of the general public and requested memoranda in respect of the nominees from the public.

According to him the Committee subsequently sought and obtained Confidential Reports on the nominees from the Ghana Police Service and the National Investigations Bureau (NIB) as part of investigations on the nominees.

He added the Committee furthermore requested and obtained Tax Status Reports on the nominees from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and asserted that all the nominees were recommended for approval by consensus by the Committee.

The Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu who is also the Ranking Member of the Committee who rose to second and support the motion indicated that the Committee has endeavoured to scrutinize the Ministerial nominees.

He insisted that the 26-member Committee, particularly members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) meticulously interrogated the nominees as stipulated by law.

After a brief debate, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin who was presiding over the sitting, put the motion to a voice vote where he subsequently ruled that the twelve nominees have been approved by the House.

The House, he said, will proceed to communicate the decision to His Excellency the President as Parliament having given prior approval to the nominations.

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