4 Ministerial Nominees Vetted

Nii Osah Mills,Minister- Designate,  Lands and Natural Resources

Nii Osah Mills,Minister- Designate, Lands and Natural Resources

The Appointments Committee of Parliament yesterday began vetting ministerial nominees appointed by President John Dramani Mahama.

Those vetted were Nii Osah Mills, minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources; James Zuuga Tigah, minister-designate for the Upper East Region; Aquinas Quansah, minister-designate for the Central Region, and Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere, minister-designate for the Eastern Region.

The committee, chaired by the Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament for Cape Coast North, Ebo Barton Oduro, subjected the ministers-designate to a wide range of issues bordering on their curriculum vitae, life experiences, as well as their plans and programmes to transform their respective ministries or regions.

Mr. Mills, the first to appear before the committee, expressed his commitment to push for a policy document to regulate the country’s mining industry when given the nod.

According to him, although there were a number of laws regulating the industry, there was the need for a policy document to provide direction for the industry to ensure that, the various stakeholders operate within the confines of the law.

He said there was no law empowering the state to seize machines illegal mining companies used for their activities and indicated that when given the approval, he would push for such a law for the authority to confiscate machines used in illegal mining operations.

The nominee said he would use traditional and opinion leaders in the various communities where illegal mining was being carried out, to advise the youth on the dangers associated with “galamsey.”

On the effective management of land administration, he said, he would embark on a re-engineering process to ensure speedy land title registration at the Lands Commission.

He said he would ensure that offices of the Lands Commission were decentralised so as to save land owners the problem of travelling long distances to register their lands.

When asked how he intended to deal with the issues of land guards, especially in Accra, Mr. Mills said land guards would be prosecuted and dealt with severely under his watch to deter people from engaging in such activities.

He assured that he would help make information on land registration readily available to the public, adding that if people were aware of the process of registering lands, issues of land guards would be reduced.

He said he would use existing laws to improve access to information on the land title registration process when approved for the ministry.

On the perceived corruption at the land title registry, the 66-year-old legal practitioner said officials who engaged in corrupt practices in any of the departments and agencies under the ministry would be punished severely.

He said when approved, he would encourage the public to report corrupt officials who attempt to extort monies from them.

The nominee for the Upper East Region, Mr. Tigah, told the committee that he would work hard to end the ethnic conflicts in the region.

He expressed his commitment to work with the inter-ethnic peace committee that has been working to sustain peace in the area for some time now.

Mr. Tigah said he would help boost tourism in the area by developing a website for the region that would provide information to local and international tourists.

Mr Tigah said when approved, he would ensure the construction of roads to link communities in order to boost tourism and facilitate economic activities in the region

He said he would work effectively with the various municipal and district chief executives in the region to facilitate development in the region.

He said under his leadership of the region, he would ensure that while developing agriculture in the area, the youth would also be encouraged to venture into other sectors such as basket weaving, among others.

He told the committee that when given the nod he would encourage the culture of rain water harvesting for household purposes.

Mr Tigah assured of gender sensitivity in his programmes and activities in the region and told the committee that excessive wastage would be reduced in the region, under his leadership.

The nominee for the Central Region Mr. Quansah told the committee that he would develop the Cape Coast Stadium and the Kotokoraba Market when given the approval as minister.

As at press time yesterday, the minister-designate for the Eastern Region was being vetted.  By Yaw Kyei

 

Mr James Zuuga Tiigah,Minister Designate Upper East

Mr James Zuuga Tiigah,Minister Designate Upper East

Mr Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere,The Eastern Regional, Minister- Designate

Mr Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere,The Eastern Regional, Minister- Designate

Nii Osah Mills,Minister- Designate,  Lands and Natural Resources

Nii Osah Mills,Minister- Designate, Lands and Natural Resources

 

Mr Aquinas Quansah,Central Regional Minister Designate

Mr Aquinas Quansah,Central Regional Minister Designate

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