Parliament’s appointment committee is set to commence a grill on President Akufo Addo’s ministerial nominees today.
The Minister-designate for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, and Minister-designate for National Security, Kan Dapaah, were set to face the committee.
However, Chairman of the appointments committee, Joe Osei Owusu has hinted the Minister-designate for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum is likely to also appear before them today.
There pressure on us to re-arrange and bring in the Education Minister because of Covid related issues in the schools and so on.”
Even though the initial plan was to vet two people a day, Mr Osei Owusu noted the new development will make way for the government to get the ministries which are in urgent need to get to work on time.
He also indicated that due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, the committee expects the nominees to show up with just their spouses.
As much as possible, we want to reduce the risk to members and visitors, so we expect the candidate to come alone to the chamber. We originally announced five but it may not be possible in view of the escalation or challenges we have in Parliament, maybe at best, a candidate and a spouse.”
Meanwhile, some members of parliament including MP for New Juabeng South, Micheal Okyere Baafi, is optimistic all nominees are well prepared for the task ahead.
“Am so sure and confident that they will be able to perform so well and do their best,” he said.
MP for Nhyiaeso, Stephen Amoah wants all the stakeholders involved to put the nation first, “that the vetting will be done such that it will be in the interest of the state.”
“Those that are going to be vetted should prove that in terms of ability, in terms of capability they are ready for the job and those who are going to vet them should also prove to the world that they know what they mean,” he advised.
MP for Tamale Central, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, expects the Vetting Committee to pay attention to temperament of the nominees.
The temperament of every single nominee ought to be tested, the intelligence ought to be tested, the ability to govern and when I say govern here I mean as a minister, ought to be tested and anybody who is not able to live by that should not be approved,” he suggested.