The approval of Ms. Afisa Otiko Djaba has become a bone of contention between the minority and majority in Ghana's parliament.
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The minority caucus in parliament, made up on mostly MPs of the National Democratic Congress, boycotted the approval of Gender and Social Protection Minister Nominee, Otiko Afisa Djaba’s.
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Those in protest of her approval had argued that Ms. Otiko Djaba had not done her required national service.
However, the vice chairperson of Parliament’s Appointment Committee, Adwoa Safo, has criticized the Minority for the move. Speaking on the Accra-based radio station, Citi FM, Adwoa Safo, the NPP MP for Dome Kwabenya, argued that the minority could not be living by a double standard.
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According to Adwoa Safo, some NDC Ministers including the former Deputy Minister for Local Government, Oti Bless, equally failed to meet that criteria but was approved, when their party was in power.
"Oti Bless was passed by majority decision, although he had also not done national service and even in his case, he was not serious. I am not doing equalization, but if you push to that level that is what we have to refer to. In Oti Bless’ case, he even went to the Board and the Board gave him a waiver and it is not at the time that you are going into public office that you go and constitute a board to give you a waiver so you can appear before the Appointments Committee."
She noted that the NDC had no moral right to now be arguing with the lack of a national service as a ground of disapproval.
“He that wants equity must come with clean hands. If they are crying out loud now, why were they not crying in Oti Bless’ era?. If the need be, we all have to move forward together but you can't come to equity when your hands are always soiled…," she stated.