Appointment committee freezes approval of Osafo Maafo and Agyarko

Appointment committee freezes approval of Osafo Maafo and Agyarko

Senior minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, energy minister-designate Boakye Agyarko were excluded from a list of 13 ministers recommended for approval following a few hiccups during their vetting sessions last week.

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Appointment committee freezes approval of Osafo Maafo and Agyarko

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Another three ministers-designate for health, agric and education are also yet to be cleared for approval, meaning only eight nominees have the nod from parliament to hopefully resume as ministers in their respective sectors.

A copy of the first report of the appointment committee made available to Joy News names the appointees recommended for approval as follows: Albert Kan Dapaah , minister designate for national security, Ken Ofori-Atta, minister designate for finance, Dominic Nitiwul, minister designate for defence, Ambrose Dery, minister designate for interior, Gloria Akuffo, minister designate for attorney general and justice.

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The others are Alan Kyeremanten, minister designate for trade and industry, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, minister designate for foreign affairs, and Hajia Alima Mahama, minister designate for local government and rural development.

The report was however silent on the reason behind the withheld approval of the five by the committee.

On Wednesday the minority chief whip, Muntaka Mubarak, hinted the committee has withheld the approval of the energy minister Boakye Agyarko because he made some claims that needed substantiating during what many claim as the most exciting vetting.

This was with regards to statements Agyarko the World Bank mounted pressure on the ex-president over the implementation of a new gas project.

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It is not clear why Osafo Marfo has also not been recommended for approval. Reports have it that he has also been asked to provide the audio of a controversial ethnic comment he made during a meeting with party officers in the Eastern Region.

Appointment committee freezes approval of Osafo Maafo and Agyarko

Yaw Osafo Maafo

He was reported to have said that only five regions in the country are endowed with Ghana's natural resources for which reason any president chosen must come from one of those regions to be able to manage the resources.

When he appeared before the committee, Osafo Marfo insisted the tape which went viral had been doctored for propaganda purposes.


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