Parliament will begin vetting minister-designates of President Nana Addo Darkwa Akufo-Addo today, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 in the Parliament House.
Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu and Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah nominated by the president for the Health and National Security ministerial positions respectively will be the first minister designates to be vetted.
Ranking Member for the Appointments Committee and Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu at an earlier press conference explained that the two individuals were to have their vetting first due to the critical nature of their work and especially the prevailing situation of COVID-19.
Albert Kan-Dapaah like Kwaku Agyeman Manu, served in the same portfolio during Akufo-Addo’s first term.
The Parliament Appointments Committee will be vetting all 40 sectors and regional ministers nominated by the president for various ministerial positions.
The minister designates are expected to take turns answering questions from members of the appointments committee about themselves and the various ministries they would be managing.
Also, Parliament has urged members of the public with information or questions for any of the minister-designates to make them available to the committee before the vetting process begins today.
Meanwhile, Parliament in a statement gave further directive on the adherence of COVID-19 at the vetting.
“As part of efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in adherence of the COVID-19 protocols, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation is the only station mandated to cover the event. The station will broadcast the event live on their main channel and provide feed to other media houses if the need arises. All other personnel are to report from their respective media houses.”
“Please note that attendance is strictly by invitation. Only four invitees per person are allowed into the sittings. Note also, that all COVID-19 protocols will be strictly adhered to,” the statement added.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams