Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Parliament reviews reports on ministerial nominees

The fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic is reviewing two separate reports from the Appointments Committee of Parliament concerning the vetting of some ministerial nominees.

The reports will be the third and fourth reports to be submitted by the Appointments Committee after two reports were previously submitted to cover eleven other ministerial nominees.

Citi News Parliamentary correspondent Richard Sky, reports however that the review was delayed slightly because the Committee was putting finishing touches to the reports.

The third reports will cover the Minister designate to the Ministry of Communication, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu; Defence Minister Designate Major General J.H Smith; Trade and Industry Minister designate, Ms. Hannah Tetteh and Hon. Alhaji Muntakar Mubarrak, Youth and Sports Minister designate.

The Fourth report covers the Regional Ministerial nominees vetted so far and includes Central Regional Minster designate, Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe, Mr. Kofi Opoku Manu who is seeking to be appointed as Minister for the Ashanti Region, Hon. Mahmud Khalid as Regional Minister for the Upper West Region, Hon. Nii Armah Ashitey for the position of Greater Accra Regional Minister and Mr. Nyamekye Marfo for the Brong Ahafo Region.

The only Regional Minister who will not make an appearance in the report is the Upper East Regional Minister designate, Mr. Mark Wayongo who stunned members of the Appointments Committee when he fumbled and showed inconsistency when he appeared before the Committee on February 13 2009.

A fifth report covering Minister designate for the Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Ministry, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni who had the Minority in Parliament walking out of his vetting and  Ms Sherry Aryittey, Minister-designate for Environment Science and Technology who was drilled on suspicion of acts of corruption in the divestiture of the Nsawam Cannery, will be laid on a later date.

A Member of the Appointments Committee, Dr Alhassan Yakubu told Citi News that the voluminous nature of the reports and the need to avoid factual errors has caused the delay and also necessitated the postponement of the review of the fifth report.

The review precedes the commencement of vetting of another batch of ministerial nominees in the Speaker's Conference room.


By: citifmonline.com


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