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NDC MPs backtrack on Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson and Afriyie Akoto’s approval

Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Afriyie Akoto
Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Afriyie Akoto

The three Ministers-designate who had been rejected by the minority on the Appointments Committee, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, and Hawa Koomson have been approved by a Majority decision.

An earlier report by the Committee failed to reach a unanimous decision for the three, according to EIB Network’s Parliamentary Correspondent, Ibrahim Alhassan.

But at a caucus meeting Wednesday which lasted for over 2 hours, the caucus resolved to pass the three and rather withdraw their consent for the consensus approval of the three security sector ministers-designate.

Kan Dapaah, for National Security, Dominic Nitiwul for Defence, and Ambrose Dery for Interior had already been approved by the NDC MPs on the committee but the party has raised concerns over the move citing the nominees’ alleged role in the Ayawaso by-election violence and the killings that took place in 2020 polls.

Source:Kasapa FM

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Akufo-Addo names 39 deputy ministers, appoints Minister of State at Finance Ministry

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President Akufo-Addo has finally released his list of deputy ministers, subject to approval by Parliament.

According to a statement from the presidency, the list was submitted to the Speaker of Parliament today.

In all, there are 39 deputy ministers appointed under 24 portfolios.

The ministries of Trade, Local Government and Energy have three deputy minister-nominees.

The list had been highly anticipated since the vetting of Ken Ofori-Atta, who was the last minister nominee to appear before Parliament’s Appointments Committee on March 26.

Ten of the nominees are women.

A number of the Ministers are also maintaining their portfolio from President Akufo-Addo’s first term including Abena Osei-Asare at the Finance Ministry, Mohammed Amin Adam, William Owuraku Aidoo at the Energy Ministry, Osei Bonsu Amoah at the Local Government, Decentralisation & Rural Development and Tina Mensah at the Health Ministry among others.

In addition, a former deputy Minister of Finance, Charles Adu-Boahen, was also nominated as the Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance.

The nominees also feature first time Members of Parliament like Hassan Tampuli and John Ampontuah Kumah.

A statement from the presidency indicated that President Akufo-Addo was hopeful that, “just as was done for his Ministers, Parliament will, on a bi-partisan basis, expedite the approval of his Deputy Ministerial nominees, so they can join the Government forthwith, and assist in the delivery of his mandate for his second term in office.”

Source:Citinewsroom

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Focus on party interest, drop old grudges – Ebi Bright tells NDC members

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Ebi Bright, a former National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Tema Central, has urged party members to put the party’s vision above personal interests.

Speaking at a forum on Saturday under the theme: “Securing the NDC’s Future”, she said this was a lesson worth learning from the NDC’s political rival, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“One of the few things that I envy about the NPP [members] is their loyalty to their [party] direction. They don’t make it about the individuals. They don’t have to like me. They are looking for what I bring to the table for the advancement of the common good.”

“Our party needs to be the common denominator so let’s tell that to the people holding old grudges,” she stressed.

Ebi Bright added that she was a strong believer in mediation in the face of disputes between party members.

“I believe there is nothing we cannot resolve,” she stated.

She thus urged party members to put aside grievances and “concentrate on our strategy and policy and direction and choice.”

“I have many things that have hurt me in my journey in the party, but I am looking for an opportunity to engage… so that I can remain here and be a productive part of our party,” she stated.

She also highlighted the importance of avenues for mediation and reconciliation in line with the concerns she raised.

Other speakers at the forum included former Presidential hopeful, Goosie Tanoh, former Defence Minister, Ben Kumbuor and former General Secretary of the NDC, Huudu Yahaya.

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Hajia Alima Mahama to US, Lt. Gen OB Akwa to Egypt in Akufo-Addo’s ambassadorial appointments

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has presented a list of nominees to the Council of State to be considered for ambassadorial roles in his second term.

Among these are former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hajia Alima Mahama, who has been named to head Ghana’s mission in Washington DC, United States of America, and former Chief of Defence Staff Lt. Gen. (rtd) Obed Boamah Akwa, who has been nominated High Commissioner to Egypt.

Some of the ambassadors who served in President Akufo-Addo’s first term have maintained their roles.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah will still be in London, UK if sworn in while Alhaji Rashid Bawa will also continue to be in Abuja, Nigeria.

Others like popular broadcaster Francisca Ashietey-Odunton would be heading different missions. She moves from Kenya to Turkey.

Former People’s National Convention (PNC) Presidential Candidate Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama would be replaced as Ambassador-at-Large by Michael Ofori-Atta.

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