Vetting of Ministers: Where are your CVs? Minority demand

With less than 24 hours to go for the much-anticipated vetting of ministers-designate by the Akufo-Addo-led government the minority side of the Parliament’s appointment committee is complaining about the absence of CVs of the nominees.

Deputy Minority Leader James Klutse Avedzi says the absence of the CVs is making the minority side uneasy.

According to him, there is the need to have the CVs of each of the nominees, peruse it thoroughly to be able to ascertain whether the appointees are best fit for the positions they have been designated.

Per parliamentary practice members of the committee must be served with details of the CVs of the appointees, whilst opportunity is also given to the general public to present any information of interest about any of the nominees to the appointment committee.

The president, Nana Akufo-Addo named his first set of appointees on January 10, 2017, three days after he was sworn into office.

The list included Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta, Trades Minister Alan Kyeremanten and National Security Minister Kan Dapaah.

The president later sent the list of 13 appointees to Parliament the same day. Subsequently he named a second and third batches of appointees bringing the total number of minister designates to 36.

Shortly after his announcement, the president requested Parliament to speedily vet the appointees in order for them to begin work as substantive ministers and keep the wheels of government moving.

The Committee had to give a two week period from the day they received the list in order to allow the general to provide information about the nominees.

With just a day to the vetting  James Avedzi told Joy News they are not armed with the CVs a basic yet important document needed for the vetting to take place and that is a source of worry to them

“The minority side is ready to do the vetting but regrettably do not have copies of the CVs of the nominees who are to be vetted tomorrow. This is making the minority side uncomfortable because we need the CVs to interrogate and then find out whether the people appointed for the positions they have been appointed,” he said.

He said if the minority side is given the copies of the CV by close of day they will be able to quickly peruse them for vetting tomorrow. If not, they will not “tolerate” such an action by the executive, he warned.

Speaking to Myjoyonline.com, the Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs designate Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu also confirmed the majority side is also yet to be given copies of the CVs.

He was however not too worried about the delay in the release of the CVs as the minority side is, saying members will be furnished with the CVs before the vetting begins tomorrow.

He accused members of the Minority side of trying to “obstruct” activities in parliament which will not bode well for the country.

According to Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent, Elton John Brobbey, the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta and Security Minister Kan Dapaah are some of the nominees to be vetted tomorrow.

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