A former National Coordinator of the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON), a student wing of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described as “totally absurd” the rejection of three ministers-designate after their “successful” appearance before Parliament’s Appointment Committee.
‘General’ Isaac Acheampong said the decision of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament will not amount to much since the approval of the ministers-designate rests on the plenary where the NPP wields the majority.
The Minority MPs on Parliament’s Appointments Committee unanimously rejected three nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for failing to meet varying expectations. The three nominees are, Information Minister-designate Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister-designate Mavis Hawa Koomson and Agriculture Minister-designate Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto.
The 13 NDC lawmakers are part of the 26-member Committee said the responses of the three nominees to some specific and public interest questions were false, unsatisfactory and disappointing.
On Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the minority legislators said: “The Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture was untruthful under oath to the Committee on the circumstances leading to the abrogation of the Fruit and Export Terminal Contract of 2015 by GPHA on his express instructions as contained in a letter dated 11th January, 2021.”
On Mr Oppong-Nkrumah, the verdict of the minority was that: “The Minister-designate for Information was not the least candid with the committee on the multiple infractions of the law leading to the Bank of Ghana’s revocation of the license of Oval Microfinance – a company in which he was 83% majority shareholder.”
Writing on Hawa Koomson, the NDC MPs said: “The Minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development could not provide convincing grounds for the shooting incident during the Voter Registration Exercise in Kasoa on 20th July, 2020, even though we acknowledge her belated apology for her recklessly dangerous conduct.”
Touching on the reasons cited by the NDC legislators for the rejection of the three nominees, Mr Acheampong said the opposition lawmakers are “wasting the time of the Ghanaian taxpayer.”