Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu has admonished members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over claims that they had rejected the approval of some ministerial nominees.
Reports had it that the NDC lawmakers on the committee had rejected some nominees including Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister-designate for Information; Hawa Koomson, Minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture.
However, addressing the committee during the vetting on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Hon. Osei Owusu charged members to desist from discussion issues as if they were decisions taken by the committee; adding that it has no power to reject any nominee.
“We are supposed to take a decision as a committee which is intended for the House [Parliament]. Sometimes, people say I am too strict, but truly that is my training and these are the rules we go by. So please let us work as a team and as a committee. We can always agree to disagree that’s why it is a democracy, but we should not take out of here matters which have not been decided by the committee and discuss as if it is a committee decision.”
“This committee has no power to reject anybody and let’s make it clear. Our duty is to make recommendations to the house which the house may accept or refuse. If we understand that, it will influence our decisions.”