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General News of Thursday, 26 January 2017


It will be time wasting to re-vet Osafo Maafo & Agyarko

Yaw Osafo Maafo and Boakye Agyarko, minister-nominee for Senior minister and Energy respectively Yaw Osafo Maafo and Boakye Agyarko, minister-nominee for Senior minister and Energy respectively

Lecturer with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Dr Charles Marfo has stated that it will amount to punishment if the Senior minister designate Yaw Osafo Maafo is re-vetted.

He said it will be a waste of time and resources for the Appointments Committee of Parliament and Ghana as a whole to allow the former finance minister in the erstwhile Kufour’s administration to go through another round of hours of ‘grilling’.

Mr Maafo and the energy minister designate Boakye Agyarko have been asked to provide further explanations on their CVs as a result their approval have been put on ice.

Speaking with Kwame Adinkra host of Abusua FM’s Abusua Nkommo, he observed that it is a means to show the minister designate where ‘power lies’ after his rift with committee member Okudzeto Ablakwa.

‘I don’t believe its by substance to re-invite him. I see it more like punishment, some of the committee members have been arguing that he didn’t show respect to them. If you don’t want to approve his appointment, just say it, other than that I don’t get it, what questions at all are you going to ask him again. Parliamentary issues are handled in certain manner, so we just have to be careful about our comments before we are dragged to the house,’ he said.

He remarked that Mr Agyarko was the best minister designate to have performed creditably with his presentation during the vetting.

‘His vetting took longer than almost all of them, what kind of better particulars do you want again before you approve his nominations. He was confident, how can his former positions become arrogance?, its sometimes sad, I must say,’ he said.

Mr Marfo questioned why Ghanaians sometimes play the ostrich by not accepting the naked truth with issues regarding International Monetary Fund (IMF).

‘Who doesn’t know that the IMF has not been treating us unfairly, there is no way these people are going to be rejected, is no way, we will only be wasting state resources to re-vet them, some minister designates years back couldn’t even recite the national anthem,’ he said.

He argued that due process is not always the best, ‘what is the sense if due process doesn’t end anywhere’.