A founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, has questioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s choice of Dominic Aduna Bingab Nitiwul as the Minister of Defence.
Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe explained that the choice of the former Deputy Minority Leader in the sixth Parliament lacked the experience to handle such a sensitive ministry.
He believed that even though he retained his seat in the seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic, Mr. Nitiwul would now have an extra responsibility as a minister of state.
Speaking in an interview recently, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe who is a former Captain in the Ghana Armed Forces said he believed “a more senior person should have been put there”.
He noted that having served in the military, age played a crucial role in the Armed Forces.
He could not however mentioned the name who would have been appropriate for the position,
“I think they (military) would be more comfortable with a very senior figure. If you have observed, throughout our history, very senior persons have been put there,” he said.
Dr Tamakloe said he only knows Mr. Nitiwul, 39, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP) of Bimbilla from a distance.
He nevertheless advised the Minister-designate that the military are straightforward in their dealings; therefore he should shed off any “peck of arrogance” as that would irk them.
“He should be polite and calm in his office,” he added.
Mr Nitiwul won a by-election in March 2002 to become the MP of Bimbilla. This was after Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas had vacated the seat to take up a new job as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
In Parliament he has served on the Appointments, Business, Selection, Finance, Roads and Transport Committees.