Parliament approves 10 deputy regional ministers-designate

Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye - Speaker of ParliamentParliament yesterday adopted and approved with consensus the seventh report of the Appointments Committee confirming the nomination of 10 deputy regional ministers-designate.

Appointed by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 10 deputy regional ministers-designate are expected to assist their respective regional ministers in the administration of the regions.

The nominees are Mr. Solomon Boar, Northern; Ms. Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, Greater Accra; Mrs. Gifty Eugenia Kusi, Western; Ms. Elizabeth Agyemang, Ashanti and Mr. Joseph Tetteh, Eastern Region.

The rest are Mr. Evans Opoku Bobie, Brong Ahafo; Mr. Maxwell Qophy Blagodzi, Volta; Mr. Thomas Yaw Adjei-Baffoe, Central; Mr. Adongo Frank Fuseini, Upper East and Mr. Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, Upper West.

Moving the motion for the adoption of the 26-member committee report, Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu, the Chairman of the Committee, said the 10 ministers-designate distinguished themselves when they appeared before the committee for their vetting.

Mr. Osei-Owusu said the committee relied on the 1992 constitution as its reference document, and also obtained confidential reports on the nominees from the Ghana Police Service and the Bureau of National Investigations, to delve into the background of the nominees.

He said the deputy ministers exhibited immense knowledge of the regions.

The Minority Leader and Ranking Member on the Committee, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, said the nominees had met the requirements to serve in the Akufo-Addo led government.

He corrected impressions that the Committee tends to be mild on MPs and turn up a different approach to non MPs adding that that was because MPs meet the basic requirement and need no intense grilling to ascertain their eligibility.

A former Deputy Interior Minister, Mr. James Agalga, urged the Upper East nominee, who he said is a son of Bawku, to use his knowledge of the area to find lasting solution to chieftaincy disputes in the area.

Adenta lawmaker, Mr. Yaw Boabeng Asamoah, described the nominees as “very experienced” people who bring a good mix to the President’s appointments to ensure public good and services were served effectively and efficiently.

By Julius Yao Petetsi

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