- NDC supporters have been urged to remain calm following the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister
- Ofori-Atta was recommended for approval by consensus
- It would be recalled NDC MPs in Parliament had to call for calm after they were scathingly criticised for passing all Akufo-Addo’s nominees
- Sammy Gyamfi accused them of betraying the party for their selfish interest
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The leadership of the NDC is urging calm among its members after the Appointments Committee of Parliament unanimously recommended Ken Ofori-Atta for approval as Ghana’s Finance Minister.
Parliament on Monday, March 29, 2021, approved the nomination of Ofori-Atta.
The approval came after he was vetted for two days.
It would be recalled that the NDC Caucus in Parliament asked for forgiveness after incurring the wrath of the party’s national communications officer for passing the ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Sammy Gyamfi took the NDC MPs to the cleaners following the passage of all the president’s nominees including Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson, and Afriyie Akoto.
In a Facebook post, Gyamfi said the party suffered “great betrayal” in the hands of Alban Bagbin, Haruna Iddrissu, and Muntaka Mubarak.
However, in a statement signed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the lawmakers asked for forgiveness for failing to do the party’s bidding by rejecting some of the ministers-designate that appeared before the vetting committee.
“You may be disappointed in this outcome but we will not disappoint or let you down in the future,” the statement said.
To avoid the reoccurrence of such outbursts, NDC’s General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the “decision to recommend Ofori-Atta for the approval by consensus “will be made public today in Parliament.”
Until then, he urged “all members to remain circumspect when the need for reaction arises. The NDC Parliamentary Caucus and FEC will be fully briefed accordingly.”
In other news, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been appointed to serve on the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB).
Asiedu Nketia was appointed by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin, who is also the chairman of the PBS.
The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and a New Patriotic Party (NPP) member, Abraham Osei Aidoo, are also a part of the board.
Still, in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has recanted his earlier statement that Nana Asante Bediatuo unilaterally wrote the letter slashing the budget estimates for the legislature and the judiciary.
There was a Ghs77million and over Ghs119million slash in the estimates presented by the Judiciary and Judicial Service and the Legislature respectively.
The presidency said the decision to slash the estimates was necessitated by the country’s current economic challenges.
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