Amidst slight hiccups during the vetting process of 13 ministers-designate, the Appointments Committee of Parliament is set to go ahead with recommendation for the approval of all the 13 ministerial nominees.
The approval of Senior Minister-designate Yaw Osafo-Maafo and Energy Minister-designate Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko were said to have been put on hold because of some unresolved issues relating to their vetting.
However, the Chairman of the committee, Joe Osei-Owusu confirmed that the nominees have now been cleared, having provided the information needed from them.
The committee was not convinced about some of the responses of the Senior Minister-designate during the vetting especially with regards to alleged ethnocentric comments he reportedly made when he met some party members in the Eastern Region.
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Mr Osafo-Maafo, former Finance Minister, was alleged to have said in 2015 when he met his party people that Ghanaians who do not hail from the five resource-rich regions should not be made to hold sensitive positions to control such resources.
An audio recording of his alleged comments during the party’s function went viral.
However, at his vetting last Friday, the Senior Minister-designate insisted that his comments were doctored and rejected suggestion that he should render an apology to that effect.
“Mr. Chairman, I cannot apologise for what I have not said,” he told the committee members.
The Appointments Committee wanted the full tape to be played to satisfy itself as to whether the comments were ethnocentric or not.
On the part of the Energy Minister-designate Boakye Agyarko, he also ran into controversy with the claim that the World Bank put pressure on ex-President Mahama to take a decision on a gasification policy.
“For the nominee to say the World Bank was breathing down the neck of former President Mahama, it was very much uncalled for,” the deputy ranking member of the committee and Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, told Joy News.
According to the Minority Chief Whip, those comments by the Energy Minister-designate had compelled the minority members on the committee to demand evidence.