Vetting of Akufo-Addo’s deputy-minister nominees on June 2
The Appointments Committee of Parliament is to vet the president’s nominees for the positions of a minister of state and 39 deputy ministers, from Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
Kate Addo, the director of public affairs of Parliament, confirmed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), in Accra.
The scheduled public hearing is expected to end on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
The Appointments Committee has, consequently, invited memoranda on the nominees from the public for consideration.
The Committee urged the public to note that COVID-19 protocols would be strictly adhered to.
Consequently, attendance at the Public Hearing shall be strictly by invitation, and be restricted to the nominee and four other persons only.
President Akufo-Addo submitted a list of the 39 nominees to the Speaker of Parliament on April 21, 2021.
The House will, however, reconvene on May 25, 2021.
The nominees are expected to answer questions regarding their stewardship at their former institutions and demonstrate their readiness to serve the nation.
Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a member of the Committee from the Minority, recently resigned, and the Minority side will have to nominate a new person to replace him.
The nominees include eight females, while all but six, are all sitting Members of Parliament.
Eleven of them retained their deputy ministerial status even though some had their portfolios changed.
Charles Adu-Boahene, previously a deputy minister of Finance, has been elevated to the status of a Minister of State at the same Ministry.
Abena Osei-Asare, John Ampontuah Kumah have been nominated for the Finance Ministry, while Nana Dokua Asiamah Adjei, Micheal Okyere Baafi and Herbert Krapa go to the Trade and Industry Ministry.
Mohammed Amin Adam, William Owuraku Aidoo and Andrew Egyapa Mercer, also go to the Energy Ministry.
Osei Bonsu Amoah, Augustine Collins Ntim and Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah have been nominated as deputy ministers of Local Government and Rural Development.
Thomas Mbomba and Kwaku Apratwum-Sarpong have been designated for the Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Ministry, whilst Alfred Tuah Yeboah and Diana Asonaba Dapaah head for the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice.
Yaw Frimpong Addo and Mohammed Hardi Tufereu go to the Ministry for Food and Agriculture.
Gifty Twum-Ampofo and John Ntim Fordjuor have been nominated for the Education Ministry.
President Akufo-Addo has also nominated Mahama Asei Seini and Tina Gifty Mensah for the Health Ministry, and penciled Benito Owusu Bio and George Mireku Duker for the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry.
Mavis Nkansah-Boadu and Stephen Pambin Jalulah have been nominated for Roads and Highways, whilst Hassan Tampuli and Frederick Obeng Adom go to the Transport Ministry.
Kofi Amankwah-Manu goes to the Defence Ministry, and Naana Eyiah Quansah has been nominated for the Interior Ministry.
The other nominees are Ama Pomaa Boateng, Communications and Digitalisation; Abdulai Abanga, Works and Housing; Moses Anim, Fisheries and Aquaculture Development; Kwaku Asante Boateng, Railway Development; and Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, Sanitation and Water Resources.
The rest are Mark Okraku Mantey, Tourism, Arts and Culture; Lariba Zuweira Abudu, Gender, Children and Social Protection; Bright Wireku-Brobbey, Employment and Labour Relations; Fatimatu Abubakar, Information; and Evans Opoku Bobie, Youth and Sport.
Their approval will bring to 86, the total number of Ministers, Regional Ministers and Deputy Ministers serving in the second term of President Akufo-Addo’s administration.