First batch of 13 ministerial nominees up for approval

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…only 10 get approval by consensus decision

The first report of the Appointment Committee has presented 13 vetted ministerial nominees for approval by the House. Out of this number, 10 of them were recommended by consensus, and the remaining three by majority decision.

The 10 are: Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister-designate for National Security; Dominic Nitiwul, Defence; Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Education; Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Parliamentary Affairs.

The rest are Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Energy; Dan Botwe, Local Government Decentralisation and Rural Development; Ambrose Dery, Interior; Ignatius Baffuor Awuah, Employment and Labour Relations; and Sarah Adwoa Safo, Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture; Mavis Hawa Koomson for Fisheries and aquaculture Development; and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah for Information ministry, form the three whose recommendations were by a majority decision.

Meanwhile, the Minority caucus has indicated that some five nominees are on pending and are set to appear before the committee on Friday for further questioning and clarification on matters, based on which a decision will be taken on either their approval or rejection.

The list comprises Communication Minister nominee, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful; Railway Minister nominee, John Peter Amewu; Roads Minister nominee, Kwasi Amoako-Attah; Attorney General and Minister of Justice nominee, Godfred Dame; and Health Minister nominee, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu.

The President presented a list of ministerial nominees to Parliament on January 22, 2021. The nominations were referred to Appointments Committee by the Speaker for consideration and report. A total of 46 names, comprising 30 ministers of State and 16 regional ministers-designates were submitted.

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