Appointments Committee has no powers to reject ministers-designate – Joseph Osei Owusu

Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu says members of the Appointment Committee have no constitutional right to reject ministerial nominees, contrary to claims by the minority.

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament noted instead the committee makes recommendations for a decision to be taken by Parliament.

The NDC MPs on the Appointments Committee claim they have unanimously rejected three minister nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for various reasons.

The minority named Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister-designate for Information; Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture as minister-designates they have voted against their approval for the ministerial positions.

 Speaking during vetting on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the chairman of the Appointments Committee, dispelled the claims stating unequivocally that the committee has no such powers.

“We are supposed to take a decision as a committee which is intended for the House [Parliament]. Sometimes, people say I am too strict, but truly that is my training and these are the rules we go by. So please let us work as a team and as a committee. We can always agree to disagree that’s why it is a democracy, but we should not take out of here matters which have not been decided by the committee and discuss as if it is a committee decision.”

“This committee has no power to reject anybody and let’s make it clear. Our duty is to make recommendations to the house which the house may accept or refuse. If we understand that, it will influence our decisions,’ he averred.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana


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