Parliament approves Ministerial appointments

Parliament on Thursday unanimously endorsed the appointments of nine Presidential nominees to begin their new jobs as Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State in the various Ministries.

They were Mr Moses Asaga, Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, Mr Dominic Azimbe Azumah, Minister of State at the Presidency, Mr Fritz Frederic Baffour, Minister of Information, Mr Henry Kwado Ametefee, Deputy Volta Regional Minister and Mr Lee Ocran, Minister of Education.

The rest were Mr Amin Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, Mr William Kwasi Aboah, Minister for the Interior, Mr Stephen Ackah, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Isaac Vanderpuye, Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister.

Mr Edward K. Doe Adjaho, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament moved the motion for their approval and was seconded by Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Minority Leader.

The report of the Appointments Committee, signed by Mr Adjaho and Alhaji Ibrahim Gombilla, Deputy Clerk to Parliament, stated that it was satisfied that the nominees met the requirements of the Constitution.

Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, NPP Member for Atwima-Mponua, supporting the approval questioned what necessitated the appointment of Mr Asaga because his appointment as Minister of State was revoked on the basis of Article 71 of the 1992 constitution.

He said Mr Asaga by that revocation had been humiliated therefore, what had happened that he was deemed fit to be appointed a Minister of State this time.

Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh, NDC Member for Wa West disagreed to the assertion of Mr Asiamah that Mr Asaga might have gone against the said Article, to which Mr Asiamah quickly replied that if Mr Asaga actually was not falsified by the Article then he was humiliated by the revocation.

Mr Asiamah urged Mr Ackah to ensure that Election 2012 was free, fair and transparent.

Mrs Joyce Bamford Addo, Speaker of Parliament who put the question for approval did not receive any objection from both the Majority and Minority.

Source: GNA

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