-NDC lawmakers on the vetting committee have rejected the nominations of three Ministers designate
-One such person is the Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who many believe is qualified for the position
-According to Kweku Baako, the rejection will have no bearing on his approval of otherwise
Veteran journalist, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako says the Appointment Committee of Parliament does not have “the final say” in the approval or disapproval of any of the ministerial nominees.
The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide remarked in the wake of the rejection of three ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
“…the Appointments Committee does not and cannot have a final say relative to the approval or disapproval process per the Standing Orders!,” he stated in a Facebook comment sighted by YEN.com.gh. “It can only recommend approval by consensus or majority decision by the plenary,” he added.
Kweku Baako was reacting to Professor Kwaku Azar’s take on the rejection of the nominees by the NDC MPs.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported on the reasons the NDC MPs gave for rejecting the nomination of Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as the Information Minister-designate.
Oppong Nkrumah appeared before the committee on February 18 and below are the reasons given for his rejection.
--Least candid: According to the NDC MPs, the Ofoase Ayeribi lawmaker was not truthful to the committee on several infractions of the law, leading to the revocation of the license of a microfinance firm in which he was the majority shareholder. He commanded 83% of the defunct firm.
--Failure to take ethical responsibility: Oppong Nkrumah, the largest opposition lawmakers on the committee say refused to admit outstanding obligations to the firm despite an examination by the central bank that stated otherwise.
--Peddling lies: Another reason the NDC MPs gave for rejecting the nomination of Oppong Nkrumah was that he lied under oath regarding the circumstances leading to Manasseh Azure fleeing Ghana to South Africa for safety.
--Evasiveness: They say the nominee wasn’t unequivocal in addressing his association with MX24 TV. The parent company of the channel, Black Volta Publications Limited was incorporated on the 4th of April, 2017 when the nominee was serving as Deputy Minister for Information.
The committee, however, unanimously approved 22 nominees of the president. It also put on hold the approval of five others pending further clarifications.
President Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 21, 2021, submitted to Parliament the list of his ministerial nominees—46 in all.
Eight of the number are women—six Ministers and two Regional Ministers.
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