Politics of Wednesday, 11 January 2017
The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Rt. Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu has indicated that the Appointments Committee of Parliament will today [Wednesday] meet to spell out the modalities for the vetting of the ministerial appointments made Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday.
Nana Addo during a press conference at the Flagstaff on Tuesday designated 13 individuals to various ministries and called on parliament to expedite the process for vetting so the ministers will get to work.
Nana Add said, “We are in a very difficult moment in the life of our country. All of us know that our economy is not in a good place and I am asking the House that the essence of my letter to Mr. Speaker to act expeditiously on these nominations so that as soon as possible, I will be able to assemble the government and get on in fulfilling the promises that I made to the Ghanaian people in being able to bring that relief in progress, that they are looking for.’’
Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Hon Joseph Osei-Owusu explained that, the names of the nominees would have to be published in the national papers for a maximum one week before the committee will begin vetting them.
‘’The publication of their names will give the opportunity to any Ghanaian who have any just course why the nominees should not approve. We need to ensure a clean process so people will not raise an objection after these nominees have been approved,’’ he explained.
According to him, they will ensure diligence and vet the nominees to get the best and bring them before parliament for approval. Article 78 (1) of the Constitution provides that nominees by the President for ministerial appointments have to be approved by Parliament before they can act or hold themselves out as ministers or deputy ministers of state.
Even though the Constitution does not provide the manner in which the House should give approval to the President’s nominees, the Standing Order of Parliament provides for the Appointments Committee, composed of the First Deputy Speaker as chairman and not more than 25 other members.