Vetting of Dep Ministers to start on 14th March
The Minority Leader in Parliament,Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has disclosed that the legislature will commence vetting of deputy ministers designate in a week’s time.
According to Hon. Iddrisu, the Appointments Committee intends to continue with the public vetting and hearing of deputy ministerial appointees from 14th March.
“We intend to continue public hearing and public vetting of the President’s deputy ministerial appointees, beginning from the 14th of March.”he made the announcement when the leadership of Parliament met the Press Corp for an interaction on business in the legislature.
He also added that they intend to use the week to invite public memoranda about the nominees and also said that the Committee is looking forward to having the full list of deputy ministers designate by the close of the week.
The Appointment Committee of Parliament completed the vetting of 36 sector ministers last month spanning over three weeks, but as the Minority Leader has indicated, the vetting of deputy ministers nominees might not drag as expected.
“Once we start from 14TH, we will continue until we bring closer to that…the scrutiny of a deputy minister should not be as extensive as that of a substantive minister both in law and in matter of substance, theirs is just to support their sector ministers.”
On his part the Majority Leader,Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said Ghana’s Parliament seems to be turning out to be a “problem solving” Parliament with all manner of petitions coming through and from the constituencies Members of Parliament being called to attend to developmental issues, as “if they are agents of development”.
He also disclosed that the seventh Parliament is expected to rise on 31ST March, barring any unforeseen issues.
The seventh Parliament is also expected to deal with “money bills because the Finance Minister related to a lot of taxes, some of them to be abolished, some of them to be reconfigured, these money bills may have to be approved of before the appropriation bill is concluded because they will have a direct impact on the budget.”he concluded.