Parliament has approved all the five persons President Mahama nominated for appointment as Ministers and Deputy Ministers to further enhance the better Ghana Agenda of the ruling National Democratic Congress as it enters the third year of its administration of the nation .
The Appointment Committee of Parliament which vetted the nominees recommended to the House by consensus that the House approves the nominations of the following persons: Alexander Segbefia, Minister Designate for Health; Peter Anarfi-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister Designate; Kwabena Mintah Akandor, Deputy Minister Designate for Lands and Natural Resources; Samuel Yaw Adusei, Deputy Minister Designate for Water Resources, Works and Housing; Kenneth Gilbert Adjei, Deputy Minister Designate for Defense.
The Chairman of the Appointment Committee, Ebo Barton Oduro, in the presentation of the committees report, indicated that the committee was satisfied that the above mentioned persons are qualified to be appointed to the respective positions to which they have been nominated.
He also observed that the committee noticed from the vetting of the nominees that declaration of asset by public officials were misconstrued to be a constitutionally mandated exercise for only political office holders. He however indicated that it was an exercise that is required by all public office holders to perform.
Some MPs in their contribution indicated their disappointment at the injustice that was done to one the nominees that ridiculed in the media for including a Dining Hall prefect on his CV as a work experience after attending to the vetting committee. They were of the view that even though serving as a Dining Hall prefect is not an employment per say it is a form of working experience which can comfortably state as such.
Early on in the House, the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, informed the House about the absence of President Mahama from the country on Friday the 15th of May. The correspondence to House indicated that the President will leave for Mali for the official signing of a Peace and Reconciliation agreement in Bamako and return in the evening of that same day.
The Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur is supposed to act in the stead of the president according to Article 60 clause 8 of the constitution.
Source: Clement Akoloh, Spynewsagency