Hawa Koomson, Oppong Nkrumah rejected by Appointments Committee

Parliament's Appointments Committee consists of 26 members – 13 each from the NDC and the NPP

The minority on the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday voted against the approval of the Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister-designate, Mavis Hawa Koomson.

The NDC MPS also unanimously rejected President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s Minister nominee for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto.

Their rejection was based on various unique reasons.

The NDC MPs accused Oppong Nkrumah of being untruth with his answers during the vetting. They note the Ofoase Ayeribi MP is a majority shareholder in a finance company believed to be involved in some suspicious third-party lending.

The Minority MPs also say he has dealings with MX24 GH, a content creation, digital agency and media production house located in East Legon, which he said he didn’t have anything to do with during his vetting.

According to the NDC MPs, Hawa Koomson who is also the Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East firing shots during the 2020 voters’ registration exercise in her constituency makes her unfit for any minister position.

On the part of the Food and Agriculture Minister-designate, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the NDC members believe he unilaterally cancelled a horticulture contract with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority on January 11, 2021, without authority.

According to them, he had no right to abrogate the contract because he was only a caretaker minister.

His unauthorised actions, the NDC MPs say, will lead to a judgment debt to a $50 million judgment debt for the country.

Meanwhile, order 172 (8) of the Standing Orders of Parliament provides that where a nominee fails to get a unanimous endorsement by members of the committee, he or she is referred to the plenary for a decision.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams|originalfmonline

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