Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has reprimanded the leadership of parliament's Appointments Committee for what he referred to as their attempts to 'stifle proper scrutiny.
Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament (MP) representing North Tongu, has been in the media's focus a lot following his exchange with Senior Minister-desginate, Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo, during his vetting session on last Friday.
Speaking to Class FM, the former Deputy Minister of Education denounced attempts from members of the Appointment Committee to place barriers in the path of those who sought to properly scrutinize ministerial nominees; saying that previous Appointments Committees were not as protective.
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“It is important to note that previous Appointments Committees were allowed [to ask questions]. I served on the previous Appointments Committee, and some of the people today who are trying to mount barriers and erect barricades and are seeking to stifle proper scrutiny were on the other side and were allowed to go on and on…"
"This is in the interest of our country and we all should be allowed to ask the relevant questions and to probe the nominees and make sure that at the end of the day we get the best out of them and the best for the country.”
The North Tongu MP further said that Adjoa Sarfo, MP for the Dome Kwabenya Constituency, had never been on the Appointments Committee so and that she could be forgiven for her "trespasses".
"I want to give them the benefit of the doubt… They have not done this before and for Adjoa Safo she has not been on the committee before so we forgive her of her trespasses.”