- Akufo-Addo asked some former ministers in his first-term to take charge of their respective ministries
- This will continue until his upcoming ministerial appointments are approved by parliament
- The leader of the NDC caucus in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has raised some concerns
- According to him, there is nothing like an acting minister
- He said it is illegal
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The Member of Parliament for Tamale, Haruna Iddrisu has raised concerns over some former ministers still holding on to their ministerial positions even though their 1st term in office is over
His concerns comes after president Akufo-Addo instructed the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare to officially write to some ministers to continue working.
As is the norm, the president is supposed to list him proposed ministers and present the list to parliament for them to be vetted and approved.
Unfortunately that has not yet been done and the NDC caucus leader is not having it.
According to the directive from president Akufo-Addo, they are supposed continue to keep the government machinery working until parliament approves his ministers.
Speaking in an interview on Joy Prime’s On the Record Monday, January 11, 2021, Haruna Iddrisu described the directive as unwarranted and illegal.
According to him, there is nothing like ‘acting’ or ‘holding’ Minister per the ruling in J. A Mensah versus Attorney General 1997.
“The President got it wrong, their mandate has elapsed... so as far as we are concerned, there is nothing like Acting Minister...” he said.
He stated that until suggested Ministers of State go through the vetting and subsequent approval, they cannot hold themselves as Ministers.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that some former ministers in his first-term should continue to take charge of their respective ministries.
Former ministers of Finance Minister, Local Government and Rural Development, Trade and Industry, Information, and some former presidential staffers have been asked to continue what they were doing in Akufo-Addo's first term.
However, Metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) will continue to be in office until Akufo-Addo decides to appoint new ones or their tenure ends.
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