Vetting of Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees to start on February 10

Vetting of Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees to start on February 10

- The president has indicated his desire to work with 46 Ministers in his second term

- He had the largest government size in the history of the fourth republic in his first term

- He secured himself a second term in the 2020 general election

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The Appointments Committee of Parliament has set aside Wednesday, February 10, 2021, as the day to start vetting the ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The Committee is therefore calling for public memoranda in respect of all the president’s nominees.

Vetting of Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees to start on February 10
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According to the ranking member of the Committee, Haruna Iddrisu, precedence will be given to some ministers because of the COVID situation in the country.

As a result, the health minister-designate is expected to be the first person to be vetted.

President Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 21, 2021, submitted to Parliament the list of his ministerial nominees—46 in all.

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This includes 30 Ministers and 16 Regional Ministers. Eight of the number are women—six Ministers and two Regional Ministers.

Koku Anyidoho, the founder of the Atta Mills Institute, was full of praise for the president for drastically cutting down the size of his government in his second term in office.

Anyidoho, the immediate past deputy general secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) said in a tweet sighted by that: “President Akufo-Addo has kept his word - thinned his govt & shall have no Deputy Regional Ministers.”

“Let's pray this early positive move filters through the whole of his 2nd term so he can leave some solid legacies as we all strive to build the Better Ghana that we so deserve,” he added.

For him, it is good to have a listening president than “an obstinate one.”

In the meantime, John Dramani Mahama’s lead counsel in the ongoing election petition trial, Tsatsu Tsikata, has told the seven-member panel hearing the case that the Electoral Commission cooked figures in the 2020 elections in favour of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

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According to him, the fudging of the figures was an indication that the “figures were just thrown out.”

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