Appointments Committee recommends 13 nominees for approval

Joseph Osei Owusu

The Appointments Committee of Parliament has recommended 13 out of the 46 nominations of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for ministerial positions, who were vetted in the last few weeks.

Of the 13, 10 were approved by consensus and three by majority.

Those recommended by consensus were Sarah Adwoa Safo, Minister-Designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection; Ignatius Baafour Awuah, Minister-Designate for Employment and Labour Relations; and Ambrose Dery, the Minister-Designate for the Interior.

The rest are Dan Botwe, Minister-Designate for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development; Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister- Designate for Energy; and Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Minister-Designate for Parliamentary Affairs.

The others are Dr Yaw Ose-Adutwum, Minister-Designate for Education, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister-Designate for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Dominic Nitiwul, Minister Designate for Defence; and Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister Designate for National Security.

Those recommended for approval by a majority were Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister Designate for Information; Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister Designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development; and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister Designate for Food and Agriculture.

The 26-member Appointments Committee of Parliament is currently chaired by First Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai, Joseph Osei–Owusu, with Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, as ranking member.