June 23, 2021

The Minority led by Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi boycotted the approval of the 8th report of the Appointment Committee on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 which sought to approve four (4) deputy minister-designates.

According to him the Minority members on the Appointment Committee were not in attendance on the June 11, 2021 where Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu organized the vetting process of the four nominees despite directives from the Speaker that MPs should participate fully in the ‘Green Ghana’ exercise to plant trees to recover the lost vegetation of the country.

The four names on the 8th report of the Appointment Committee are;

  1. Diana Asonaba Dappah deputy designate for Attorney-General and Justice
  2. Lariba Zuweria Abdul deputy designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection
  3. Martin Adjei Mensah-Korsah deputy designate for Local Government and Rural Devotement
  4. Amidu Issahaku Chinnia deputy-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources

“Chairman of the Committee has not been fair to the Minority side of the Committee, whiles we were obeying directives from the Speaker, there was a meeting that was vetting deputy minister-nominees”

And further pointed out that, “our side would not support the four nominees and I want to draw your attention to it”.

“Mr. Speaker I want to draw your attention that we are walking out when you finish with the approval we would come back”.

In a related development, Majority Leader Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu appealed that the issue should not divide the House, as they have come a long way in consensus building in carrying out businesses of the House.

“What I gathered from the statement of the deputy Minority Leader is that there is a mix up in communications”. And called on the Second Deputy Speaker who presided over the House to engage the leadership of both sides in matters of this nature.

And added that if the Speaker has been more consultative, the current issues would not have arisen, and to the extent that nobody has any strong point against the four the speaker should put the question for the approval of the four.

 Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com