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General News of Thursday, 6 April 2017


Minority boycotts vetting over Easter holidays

The Minority on the Appointments Committee has staged a boycott our parliamentary correspondent, Naa Darkuah has reported.

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa said they were forced to boycott today’s vetting over the Majority’s decision to “surprise” them by holding the vetting in spite of an agreement to go on break today [Wednesday], ahead of Easter.

He said: “Our leader, the Minority leader [Haruna Iddrisu] expressed concern that what has been agreed at the Business Committee meeting and at the Appointments Committee meeting was that, we take a break and we will return in May to continue with the vetting of the remaining Deputy Minister nominees.” “What has happened is that, the Majority has sought to take us by surprise.

Remember that we had expressed concern about the way we were being treated… We were not being supported to carry out diligent work. CVs will come a night to the day and some of them will come on the day.

Everything is being rushed.’’ Our correspondent reports that Parliament is expected to go on recess by Friday, April 7, however the Appointments Committee may continue vetting the remaining 50 deputy ministerial appointed by President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.