… But six deputy ministers-designate were vetted

Parliament Appointments Committee yesterday vetted six deputy ministers-designate without the participation of the minority group of the committee.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader and a Ranking Member of the Committee said that the Minority was being stampeded to do a shoddy work since the nominees’ curriculum vitae (CV) were not being given to them early enough to study.

He attributed the delay to the “huge” size of the President’s nominees for both ministers and deputy-ministerial portfolios, which has triggered pressure to vet all of them before Parliament goes on recess this week.

However, the Majority vetted the nominees;  Andy Appiah-Kubi, deputy Minister- designate for Railways Development, Dr Yaw Adutwum for Education and Eugene Antwi for Works and Housing of pertinent questions with regards to the job line as deputy ministers.

Other nominees were Barbara Oteng-Gyasi for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwesi Boateng Agyei for Local Government and Rural Development and Vincent Odotei for Communication.

Mr Appiah-Kubi said he would assist the sector minister to achieve the objective of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) manifesto for the rail sector, which included the rehabilitation and extension of rail line to cover major parts of the country’s land space.

He said though the rail sector would be developed through a Public-Private Partnership, there would be both public lines, which would be funded by the government while the economic lines would be looked at through private sector participation, to recoup investments.

Dr Adutwum said, the ministry would establish a regulatory agency for private schools in order to categorise them according to their services and environment.

He said the ministry would transform the National Inspectorate Division of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure that it played its supervisory role efficiently and effectively.

Mr Antwi disclosed that the current government plans to establish a National Hydrology Authority, to be in charge of all storm drains, to avert perennial flooding in some of the cities in the country.

He said the authority would be tasked to re-engineer drains in the major cities, adding that the Conti Project, which should have taken care of flooding in Accra, was stalled for lack of funds and was presently under Executive review.

Mrs Oteng-Gyasi said illegal mining, popularly called ‘galamsey’ was being given attention through a multi-faceted approach, which would take into consideration Alternative Livelihood Programme, to resettle those who would be affected by any intervention by government.
Mr Agyei reiterated that the government was committed to ensuring that chief executives of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were duly elected to create the platform for more effective and efficient local government administration.

He said the ministry would encourage MMDAs to develop database to facilitate revenue mobilisation while they took steps “to block leakages, which affect Internally Generated Funds”.

Mr Odotei gave the assurance that all internet and communication services would be expanded to ensure universal coverage in the country.

He said with the migration of televisions from analog to digital system, it was envisaged that the general public would have a more receptive viewing experience which must encourage them to pay the television license fees as stipulated by the law.

By Lawrence Markwei              

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