Senior Minister role by Prez Nana Akufo-Addo is TOTALLY unconstitutional- Mahama Ayariga

Senior Minister role by Prez Nana Akufo-Addo is TOTALLY unconstitutional- Mahama Ayariga

Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mr Mahama Ayariga has objected to the legality of the Senior Minister-designate position announced by the President.

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The legislator made the submission on the floor of parliament on Wednesday when the list of ministerial appointees was brought before it.

Senior Minister role unconstitutional- Mahama Ayariga

Senior Minister role unconstitutional- Mahama Ayariga

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According to Hon. Ayariga, the position which was first created during the erstwhile Kufuor-led administration was unknown to the 1992 constitution. The position which was first occupied by J.H Mensah will be held by former Finance Minister Yaw Osafo Mensah in the Akuffo-Addo government.

The position was however scrapped during the NDC-led government of Mills and Mahama because they did not find it crucial and constitutional.

Senior Minister role unconstitutional- Mahama Ayariga

Senior Minister role unconstitutional- Mahama Ayariga

In his speech on the floor, he said the constitution did not make space for a Senior Minister role rather a minister hence the unconstitutional nature of the position

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"If I am asked to vet a minister, I will have to look at what the constitution says about that minister and there is no Senior Minister position in the constitution," he disclosed.

He said he would rather want the President to only submit names of ministers and later he could assign those names or roles because in vetting a senior minister he wouldn’t know the questions to ask since it wasn’t contained in the country constitution.

The speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Prof. Mike Oquaye later overruled his submission on the floor asking him to resolve that matter at the Appointments Committee of Parliament which he is a member.

Senior Minister role unconstitutional- Mahama Ayariga

Senior Minister role unconstitutional- Mahama Ayariga

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Parliament will vet the first set of ministerial nominees next week Friday after it sends a notice to the public for a memorandum.

Mr Osafo-Marfo, is expected to be in charge of the other ministers and help the Finance Minister in changing the economy which it says is in a bad state.

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