- Ablakwa has suggested that President Akufo-Addo needs to consider the appointment of an awareness minister
- His sarcastic comment comes after almost all the nominees kept chanting the mantra "I'm unaware" to some critical questions they were asked
- He said Parliament needs to find ways and means of stopping nominees from saying that to dodge important questions being asked at the vetting
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The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has sarcastically suggested that President Akufo-Addo needs to consider the appointment of an awareness minister.
His sarcastic comment comes after almost all the nominees kept chanting the mantra "I'm unaware" to some critical questions they were asked when they appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
In a tweet sighted by YEN.com.gh, Ablakwa said Parliament will have to find ways and means of stopping nominees from chanting the mantra which has become some sort of a cliché to dodge important questions being asked at the vetting.
His tweet read, “ At this rate, President Akufo-Addo may have to appoint a Minister for Awareness to be responsible for stimulating awareness in his government.
The mantra: ‘I am not aware’ cannot be countenanced in any functioning democracy where transparency and accountability must be sacrosanct.
It appears to me that Parliament will have to devise new strategies within the parameters of our Standing Orders to immediately defeat this creeping convenient excuse of lack of awareness.”
Some of the ministers who have used the mantra 'I'm not aware' are Sarah Adwoa Safo, Minister-designate for Foreign Affairs, Ayorkor Botchway, Health Minister-designate Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, and a few others.
Ablakwa's suggestion has generated a lot of reactions from some Twitter users
Emmanuel said such ministers should not be passed.
Eric said it is frustrating to see such a post since they have in their hands the power not to pass such ministers.
Seyram believes if such ministers are passed, they will not care about the people, talk less of the country.
Muhammed said such ministers should be rejected with immediate effect.
Razzik also said they should be rejected. He mentioned that Ursula should not be approved looking at her posture during the vetting.
Tsatsu said such nominees should be disqualified since they claim ignorance of what seems to be happening right under their noses.
In other news, Sara Adwoa Safo, the former Procurement Minister of State, has told the Appointments Committee of Parliament that she did not know the processes that led to the selection of the company conducting the COVID-19 test at the Kotoka International Airport.
Questioned for further details on the process leading to the selection of Frontier, the Gender Minister-designate said former Minister, Ken Offori-Atta, was the best person to furnish the committee with those details.
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