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Sammy Gyamfi fires ‘shameful’ Haruna, Muntaka after approval of ministerial nominees

The National Democratic Congress Communications Director, Sammy Gyamfi, has criticised the NDC caucus in Parliament following the controversial approval of some minister-nominees.

In comments on Facebook, Mr. Gyamfi described the handling of the minister-nominees as a betrayal.

His remarks singled out the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak and even the NDC-backed Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

“They brazenly defied the leadership of the party and betrayed the collective good for their selfish interest,” Mr. Gyamfi said.

“The shame they have brought on the party will forever hang like an albatross around their necks,” he added.

Mr. Gyamfi however said the NDC will not be perturbed by the outcomes of the debate on the ministerial nominees.

“Rather, let it strengthen us to fight for this party. We all have an equal stake in this party. They are few, we are many. Some have sold their conscience but ours is intact. And we, can work together to rebuild the party from the ashes of 3rd March 2021, which I call “Black Wednesday”- Our day of self-inflicted shame.”

He further suggested that he was in favour of changes in the leadership of the NDC in Parliament.

Mr. Gyamfi feels the leadership of the NDC caucus “have lost their moral authority to lead and are not fit to sit on the front bench of the NDC side of the House.”

Thirteen of the ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo were approved by Parliament.

Three of the approvals; Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, minister-designate for Information; Hawa Koomson, minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Owusu Afriyie Akoto, minister-designate for Food and Agriculture, were done via secret vote because of a lack of consensus.

Mavis Hawa Kooomson got approved by 161 YES votes to 104 NO votes, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah got approved by 155 YES votes to 110 NO votes and Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto got approved by 143 YES votes to 121 NO votes.

The NDC was opposed to their approval and expressed reservations with other nominees.

Some NDC supporters are now upset with their MPs in Parliament because they backed some of the controversial nominees.

Source:citinewsroom

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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.”

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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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