Minister designates must excuse themselves from Appointments Committee – Parliament told

Deputy Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Edem Agbana is proposing that members of the Appointments Committee who earn ministerial appointment must be made to excuse themselves from the committee before vetting.

This, the young activist said, will ensure the independence of the Appointments Committee and serve its proper constitutional functions.

Speaking to Annie Efua Ampofo on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Mr Agbana indicated that given the current nature of our governance when ministers-designate are replaced on the Appointments Committee the vetting process will be more meticulous than it is today.

“There is this effusion between the legislature arm of government and executive’ he said adding, “I personally do not think it is proper that we have some nominees or ministers-designate also as a member of the Appointments Committee, so, a member like Honorable Ursula Owusu and Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh they were minister-designates but they are also members of the Appointments Committee, so, before their vetting, they had the opportunity to also to be part of the process to interrogate their colleagues.

‘You and I know that while you’re waiting for your own judgement day, you will understand how the effectiveness will be and the ability to also ask the questions that Ghanaians want to ask, so, I think that, at any point in time when Parliament constituent their Appointments Committee even before the President nominates people for ministers,  if it is possible, those who are Members of Parliament and have been given another nod as minister-designates should be repeated on the committee, so, the committee will be a bit independence because that’s the essence of the reason framers of the constitution designed that even though the President is the appointing authority, Parliament ought to subject nominees to an approval process;” he intimated.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana



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