Appointments Committee vet another batch of deputy Ministers-designate

Mr. Joseph Osei Owusu,Chairman of Parliament Appiontments Committee

Mr. Joseph Osei Owusu,Chairman of Parliament Appiontments Committee

The Parliament Appointments Committee yesterday vetted another batch of deputy ministers-designate for their various ministerial portfolios.

They were Pius Hadzide for Youth and Sports Ministry, William Sabi for Monitoring and Evaluation, and Freda Prempeh for Works and Housing Ministries.

The rest were Bright Wereko-Brobby for Employment and Social Welfare, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah for Trade and Industry and Francis Codjoe for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Mr Hadzide said he would support the sector minister to generate funds to enable the ministry to provide modern stadia in five regional capitals: Ho, Volta; Sunyani, Brong Ahafo; Koforidua, Eastern; Wa, Upper West, and Bolgatanga, Upper East.

He said the ministry would ensure that talented youth from schools were mobilised, adding that the promising ones would be awarded scholarships to enable them attain their educational ambition.

Mr Hadzide said government intended to build sports colleges in the northern and the middle belts, to complement the Winneba Sports College.

He told the committee that the ministry would encourage more recreational sports, to “promote healthy living rather than focusing only on the competitive sports.”

Mr Sabi said, he would also help the sector minister to monitor and evaluate policies of government in the various ministries to ensure that, targets were being achieved with regards to the New Patriotic Party’s manifesto.

He said such a role would not conflict with any arrangements of the ministries, departments and agencies since it would complement their efforts.

Mr Sabi said the ministry would ensure that the manifesto promises were tracked by monitoring and evaluating activities in the MDAs to make sure the government policies were on course with the indicators.

Madam Prempeh said government would re-develop structures which have outlived their usefulness through a public partnership.

She indicated that government intended to establish a National Housing Authority to champion the National Housing Policy, to mitigate the effect of housing deficit which was around 1.7 million.

Mr Wereko-Brobby said, he would work with the minister to ensure that ‘short’ contracts which did not guarantee job security became a thing of the past.

He said the capacity of staff of Department of Factories Inspectorate Division would be enhanced and they would receive enough logistics to ensure efficiency in delivering their mandate of creating job safety at the various work places.

Mr Wereko-Brobby said the ministry would ensure the introduction of a  Bill aimed at safeguarding the interest of domestic workers to Parliament.

Mr Ahenkorah said, he would support the minister to prevent delays in clearing goods at the ports and other clearing points.

He said it was high time countries in West Africa gave meaning to the protocol of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme, by opening up their borders and also creating non-tariff regimes to help the support the economies of ECOWAS member states.

Mr Codjoe said, the sector ministry would continue with the interventions that would lead to the lifting of ban by the European Union, and sustain the monitoring of the maritime sector.

He said there was the need to depoliticise the distribution of the premix fuel in order for the product to get to intended targets.

By Lawrence Markwei

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