- Parliament has approved the ministers-designate for the newly-created regions
- The only rejected nominee was the minister-designate of the Bono Region, Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson
Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson, who was nominated as Minister-designate of the Bono region, saw her nomination rejected.
However, the other 18 nominees for the other newly-created regions successfully received approval from the House.
Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson needs to produce better particulars to the Appointments Committee over an audit query she’s facing over a land.
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According to him, that, among other things, is the reason why her nomination was rejected.
“We are approving 18 instead of 19. The onus is not on us at the Appointments Committee, the onus lies on her to provide further and better particulars on an audit query, a matter relating to land,” Mr. Iddrisu said on the floor of Parliament.
Meanwhile, the 18 ministerial nominees who were passed include Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah – Western Region; Solomon Namliit Boar – North East Region; Kofi Amoakehene – Bono East; Kinglsey Aboagye Gyedu – Western North Region; Kwasi Owusu Yeboa – Oti Region; Dr Hafiz Bin Salih – Upper West Region; and Salifu Adam Braimah – Savana Region.
Others are Naana Eyiah, Deputy Minister-designate, Lands and Natural Resources; Alex Kwodwo Kom Abban, Deputy Minister-designate, Health; and Yaw Afful, Deputy Minister-designate, Aviation.
The rest are Siaka Serwaa, Deputy Minister-designate, Bono Region; John Bennam, Deputy Minister-designate, Northern Region; Alex Tetteh, Deputy Minister-designate, Western North; Samuel Yeyu Tika, Deputy Minister-designate, Savanna Region; Tahiru Tia Ahmed, Deputy Minister-designate, North East; and Johnson Avuletey, Deputy Minister-designate, Volta Region.
Meanwhile, a Women’s Group has described as discriminatory the president’s decision to nominate only one woman for a positions of Minister and Minister designate for the new regions.
In a statement, the gender advocate group said it is “extremely disappointed at this appointment”, adding that “all state appointments must be undertaken within the overall commitment to gender equality of women and men.”
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