The public vetting of President John Mills' Ministerial Nominees by the Appointments Committee of Parliament will begin on February 6 2009.
The vetting session will continue through the 7th of February 2009 and will be postponed till February 9 2009.
In all, 35 nominees have been programmed to take turns to answer questions from Members of the Committee about themselves and the various sectors they have been asked by the President to manage.
The decision to begin public scrutiny of the nominees on February 6 this year was taken at a meeting of Members of the Appointments Committee this afternoon.
Speaking to Citi News soon after the meeting, Chairman of the Committee, Hon Edward Doe Adzaho, disclosed that moves are underway to engage the services of the various state investigative agencies to help dig into the backgrounds of the various nominees.
Outlining the order the nominees were to appear on the first day of vetting, the Chairman of the Appointments Committee noted that Hon. Alex Tetteh-Enyo, Minister designate for the Ministry of Education will be the first followed by Mr. Cletus Avoka, Minister designate to the Ministry of Interior then Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh, Minister designate for the Ministry for Local Government and Rural Development.
Ms. Akua Dansua, Minister designate for the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs will then follow and then Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Minister designate for the Ministry of Tourism.
The remainder of the nominees will follow according to a laid down criteria set by the Appointments Committee which is subject to change to adapt to developing circumstances.
He said the Committee will try as much as it can to be transparent and thorough throughout the vetting period.
He noted a response from the public with respect to objections concerning the nominations had yet to be filed.
Meanwhile the Ranking Member on the Committee, Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, says he expects detailed work to be done into the backgrounds of the nominees to ensure the right quality of human resources are approved to run the various Ministries.
He said the Committee's guide book will be the 1992 Constitution.
President John Evans Atta Mills nominated a number of persons for Parliament to vet for appointment as Ministers of State. They include Ministry of Information, Mrs Zita Okai Kwei; Minister at the Presidency, Mrs Halutie Dubie Alhassan; Ministry of Finance, Dr Kwabena Dufuor; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni; Ministry of Defence, Lt. Gen. J.H. Smith (Rtd); Ministry of The Interior, Mr Cletus Avoka; Ministry of Health, Dr George Yankey; and Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, Mr Stephen Kwao Amoanor.
The others are: Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr Moses Asaga; Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alhaji Muntaka Mohammed Bubarak; Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture, Mr Alexander Asum-Ahensah; Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh; Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr Kwesi Ahwoi; Ministry of Roads and Highways, Mr Joe Gidisu; and Minister at the Presidency, Mr Azong Alhassan.
The President has also made the following nominations for the consideration of Parliament for appointment as Regional Ministers: Volta Region, Mr Joseph Amenowode; Western Region, Mr Paul Evans Aidoo; Northern Region, Mr S.S. Nanyina; and Upper East Region, Mark Woyongo. The statement said the list of Deputy Ministers would be released when Ministers of State have been vetted and confirmed and after due consultation with the Ministers as required by the Constitution.