A Deputy National Youth Organiser of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Eric Edem Agbana is urging the minority on the Appointment Committee to vote against the approval of Minister-designate for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu Ekuful.
Mr Agbana said the Minister-designate should be rejected for her role in the closure of radio stations across the county and involvement in the controversial Kevin GVG contract worth 89 million dollars.
According to her, the Communications Minister-nominee answers to questions during her vetting and posture before the committee amounts to her rejection.
“Beyond her role in Kevin GVG and the closure of radio stations, her answers to questions, her posturing on that day [vetting], I believe he should also be outrightly be rejected by the NDC side of the house, at least we know that they are committed to ensuring that the right thing,” Edem Agbana told Annie Efua Ampofo on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana Tuesday.
Made up of 26-member, the Appointments Committee has 13 members each from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
If the NDC MPs heed his counsel, the approval of the Minister-designate for Communications and Digitalisation will be determined by a vote in Parliament.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Appointments Committee Joseph Osei Owusu has stated categorically that the Appointments Committee has no powers to reject minister nominees.
Instead, he explains they make recommendations for a decision to be taken by Parliament.
“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