-The opposition lawmakers have put on hold the nomination of the Attorney General and Minister for Justice designate
-Some of the reasons they gave for that include being untruthful under oath
-They are requesting better clarification
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament on Parliament’s Appointments Committee have placed on hold the nomination of Attorney General and Justice Minister-designate, Godfred Yeboah Dame.
Dame’s approval was put on hold with those of four others including, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister for Communication designate, pending further and better clarifications on issues.
The NDC MPs also outrightly rejected three of President Nana Akufo-Addo's nominees, they are Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Information Minister-designate, and Mavis Hawa Koomson and Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto—Ministers designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Food and Agriculture respectively.
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They will require majority decision via voting on the floor of Parliament to be approved for their individual portfolios.
The committee, however, in unanimity approved 22 nominees of the president.
YEN.com.gh in this article looks at the reasons the NDC lawmakers gave for putting the approval of the former Deputy Attorney General on hold.
Blatantly misleading the committee: According to members of the NDC on the Appointments Committee, the Attorney Minister-designate, unashamedly led the committee on the facts about the bail given to Gregory Afoko.
Afoko is standing trial for the murder of the then Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Alhaji Mahama.
Mahama suffered severe bodily injuries after a substance suspected to be acid was allegedly poured on him in front of his house in Bolgatanga on May 20, 2015. He later died from the injuries at the Bolgatanga General Hospital.
Answers on role at PPA unsatisfactory: The NDC MPs said Dame failed to convincingly account for his stewardship when he was a member of the governing board of the Public Procurement Authority during the scandal involving former PPA Chief Executive Officer, Adjenim Boateng Adjei.
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“His evasiveness and lack of candour on this matter have left much to be desired,” they said in their report.
Insufficiently candid: The third reason the NDC lawmakers gave was the former Deputy Attorney lied about his status when answering the question about possible abuse of discretionary authority over post-election commentary by Inusah Fuseini and Kennedy Agyapong.
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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