- The Appointments Committee of Parliament has suspended the approval of Andrew Egyapa Mercer as a Deputy Energy Minister
- Inside sources say his approval was suspended due to some unfavorable answers to questions posed by members of the Committee
- The MP for Sekondi allegedly denied claims of conflict of interest against him in the PDS deal during his vetting
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The Appointments Committee of Parliament has reportedly suspended the approval of Andrew Egyapa Mercer as a Deputy Energy Minister.
According to a report filed by Citinewsroom, an anonymous member of the committee said Mercer’s approval was suspended due to some unfavorable answers to questions posed by members of the Committee.
He however failed to state exactly which answers Egyapa Mercer gave that did not sit well with the Committee.
Four deputy minister-nominees were vetted by the committee on Monday, June 7, 2021, but after a closed-door meeting, only three of them were approved, excluding Egyapa Mercer.
The three who were approved are Rev. Ntim Fodjour, for the education ministry, George Mireku Duker, for the Lands and Natural resources ministry, and Tina Mensah for the health ministry.
According to CitiNews, the Member of Parliament for Sekondi, Egyapa Mercer, denied claims of conflict of interest against him in the PDS deal during his vetting.
Mr. Mercer, who was a Director and Secretary of TGN Energy Solution, one of the companies that formed PDS, said his role in the company did not affect his work as a Member of Parliament when the deal was brought to the House for consideration.
He also said he was never found in a conflict of interest position.
In other news, the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah has described the current National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) as weak.
There have been growing concerns among members of the NDC and a section of the Ghanaian public over the efficiency of the opposition lawmakers in holding the Akufo-Addo-led administration accountable.
The party witnessed major internal squabbles following the approval of all the ministerial nominees announced by President Akufo-Addo, with the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister dealing the party’s unity a major blow.
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