Parliament fails to approve 3 deputy ministerial nominees

The approval of three persons nominated by President John Mahama for deputy ministerial positions was deferred in Parliament on Friday due to lack of quorum in the House.

The nominees are Emmanuel Bombande, Deputy Minister-Designate for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, John Kwabena Oti Bless, Deputy Minister-Designate for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, and Joseph Tetteh Agmor, Deputy Minister-Designate for the Eastern Region.

The question for the approval of the nominees could not be put by the Speaker, Edward Adjaho, because the members present were not enough to take the decision.

As a result, Mr. Adjaho, deferred the decision on their approval to Monday.

According to the rules of Parliament, the House requires more than two-thirds of its membership to be able to take such decisions.

However, only 85 out of the 275 members were present at the time the Speaker was to put the question.

Presenting a report by the Appointment Committee, the First Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton-Oduro, who chairs the committee, said the committee had considered the three nominees in line with the Constitution and the Standing Orders of the House and recommended to the House to approve them.

He said Mr. Bombande demonstrated that he had considerable knowledge about Ghana’s foreign policy and responded to questions on the impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union on Ghana.

The nominee, he said, also responded to questions on issues regarding the negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreement, proposal for the establishment of standby force for Africa, measures to curb extremist activities, among others.

The First Deputy Speaker said Mr. Bless addressed issues such as poor sanitary conditions in the country, objects of the Local Governance Bill, 2016, among others.

He said the third nominee, Mr. Angmor, was quizzed on the composition and roles of the regional coordinating council, his initiatives for economic development in the Eastern Region, ideas to combat illegal mining in the Eastern Region, among others.

Contributors to the debate on the motion for the approval of the nominees urged them to discharge their respective roles well if they are approved by the House.

In another development, Parliament has extended the date it has scheduled to go for recess from Friday July 29 to Friday August 5.

The decision is to give the law makers enough time to consider the various bills and documents before them before they recess.

By Yaw Kyei

 

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