The Otiko Djaba situation in parliament seems to draw more division between the minority and the majority.
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The National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Juaboso, Mr. Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has reiterated that Madam Afisa Otiko Djaba should not be approved for the position of Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
Speaking on with Accra-based radio station, Class FM, the legislator noted that he would take court action if the nomination of minister-designate Otiko Afisa Djaba is approved by parliament on Tuesday February 7.
“The law says that you cannot be employed by anybody, you can even not be self-employed [if you have not done national service]. National service is only nine months, at most one year; she should go and do her national service. Even the law courts will not condone, will not permit the breach of a statute. If they try [to approve her], we will all go to court,” he stated.
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The minority caucus in parliament has maintained that the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointee forfeit the position over her failure to undertake an obligatory National Service of 1 year.
The laws of Ghana required every graduate to undertake an national service. Otiko's forfeiture of this generated huge controversy, leading to members of the Minority in parliament vehemently opposing her approval for that portfolio on Friday February 3 on the floor of the house.
Meanwhile, the vice chairperson of the Parliament Appointments Committee, Adwoa Safo has stated that the minority caucus had no moral fibre to reject Otiko's nomination as one Oti Bless was approved by the erstwhile NDC majority under similar conditions.