General News of Friday, 20 January 2017
The Minority in Parliament has said it will subject the ministerial nominees of Nana Akufo-Addo to thorough scrutiny to ensure they are qualified for their respective portfolios. According to them, they will critically assess the nominees to confirm their preparedness to serve in their various offices.
Speaking in an interview with Citi FM’s Richard Sky, Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said they will focus on various metrics including the intellect of the nominees.
“Today[Friday], offers us an irresistible opportunity as the appointments committee to examine and scrutinize the President, Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominees for appointment as ministers of state. We will give true meaning to the constitutional meaning of prior approval of Parliament.”
“We will particularly be interested in examining the intellect and background of nominees, their temperaments and understanding of policy issues and situating those policies within the overall policy objectives that President Akufo-Addo and the NPP has shared with the Ghanaian people, and whether they can walk the talk,” Haruna Iddrisu said.
Parliament has constituted a 26-member Appointments Committee also known as Vetting Committee to vet all the ministerial nominees of President Akufo-Addo.
The committee, which starts work today [Friday], January 20, 2017, will be chaired by Joseph Osei-Owusu, MP for Bekwai and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South as ranking member.
Senior Minister-nominee, Yaw Osafo Maafo; National Security Minister-nominee, Albert Kan-Dapaah; Finance Minister-nominee, Ken Ofori-Atta and Defence Minister-nominee Dominic Nitiwul will all be vetted today [Friday].
‘List of committee members’
Joseph Osei-Owusu (MP for Bekwai and First Deputy Speaker) – Chairman
Adwoa Safo (MP for Dome Kwabenya and Deputy Majority Leader)
Kwesi Ameyaw Cheremeh (MP for Sunyani East and Majority Chief Whip)
Dominic Nitiwul (MP for Bimbilla)
Samuel Atta Kyea (MP for Abuakwa South)
Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Manhyia South)
Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover (MP for Tema East)
Ursula G. Owusu-Ekuful (MP Ablekuma West)
Joseph Kofi Adda (Navrongo Central)
Joseph Cudjoe (Effia)
Patricia Apeagyei (Asokwa)
O.B. Amoah (Akwapim South)
Kofi Amoako Hene (Atebubu)
Anthony Karbo (Lawra)
Barbara Asher Ayisi (Cape Coast South)
Micheal Yaw Gyato (Krachie)
Haruna Iddrisu (Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South) – Ranking Member
Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak (Minority Chief Whip and MP for Asawase)
Mahama Ayariga (Bawku Central)
Sampson Ahi (Bodi)
Eric Opoku (Asunafo South)
Bernice Adiku Heloo (Hohoe)
Joseph Yieleh Chireh (Wa West)
Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye (Odododiodioo)
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (North Tongu)
Alhassan Suhuyini (Tamale North)