Osafo Maafo and Agyarko finally cleared for approval

Osafo Maafo and Agyarko finally cleared for approval

The Appointments Committee has finally cleared Senior Minister-designate Yaw Osafo Maafo and Energy Minister-designate Boakye Agyarko for approval after being withheld over a number of unresolved issues.

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Osafo Maafo and Agyarko finally cleared for approval

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They were given the all clear after some horse-trading between the majority and minority sides of the house on Thursday.

The Minority in Parliament had earlier vowed to block the approval of the two.

Their eight other colleagues who have also been vetted were cleared. They include Alan Kyerematen – Trade, Ken Ofori-Atta – Finance, Dominic Nitiwul – Defence, Albert Kan-Dapaah – National Security, Gloria Akuffo – Attorney General and Justice Minister, Ambrose Dery – the Interior, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey – Foreign Affairs, and Hajia Alima Mahama – Local Government & Rural Development.

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With regards to Mr Osafo Marfo, the committee withheld his approval pending further investigation into alleged ethnocentric comments he made in 2015.

Mr. Agyarko on the other hand had his approval withheld for making “unsubstantiated claims.” Committee member Mubarak Muntaka told Accra-based Joy FM on Wednesday that “for the nominee to say the World Bank was breathing down the neck of former President Mahama, it was very much uncalled for."

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