Agalga didn’t speak to Martey over Peace C’cil job – Bani
Interior Minister Prosper Bani has denied claims by the former moderator of the Presbyterian Church that deputy Interior minister James Agalga lobbied him to take up the chairmanship of the Peace Council.
Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey has alleged that the deputy minister called him and made the offer through a phone conversation.
But speaking to Joy FM Monday, Mr Bani said his deputy has denied ever placing such a call to the outspoken cleric.
“I have spoken to my deputy James Agalga and he has categorically denied the statement made by Reverend Martey.
“…As minister of Interior, I have never interfered in the nomination of the chairmanship of the Peace Council,” Mr. Bani added.
Earlier, the ministry had in a statement said that Mr. Agalga had no power to make such an offer in the first place.
“Hon. James Agalga could not have ‘lobbied’ Rev. Prof. Martey to take up the position of Chairman of the Peace Council in view of the fact that he is not clothed with such power in view of the law,” the statement said.
Below are details of the statement
REV. PROF. EMMANUEL MARTEY DECEIVES THE PUBLIC ON ‘OFFER’ TO CHAIR NATIONAL PEACE COUNCIL
The Ministry of the Interior has been following, with keen interest, wild allegations by Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey on various media platforms that the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Hon. James Agalga, in consultation with the Minister of the Interior, offered him the position as Chairman of the National Peace Council.
According to Section 4 (2) and (3) of the National Peace Council Act, 2011, Act 818 the position of the Chairperson of the Peace Council is elective, that is, only members of the Board can elect one of their members as the Chairperson.
Hon. James Agalga could not have ‘lobbied’ Rev. Prof. Martey to take up the position of Chairman of the Peace Council in view of the fact that he not clothed with such power in view of the law.
As provided by the National Peace Council Act 2011, Act 818, members of the Board of the National Peace Council are nominated by –
(a) various religious bodies
(b) two persons nominated by the President
(c) two other persons nominated by identifiable groups (d) one representative of the National House of Chiefs.
Rev. Prof. Martey was nominated by the Christian Council of Ghana as a member of the Board in April 2016. Later, the Ministry was informed by a letter from the Christian Council about the decision to withdraw the nomination of Rev. Prof. Martey and the subsequent replacement by Rev. Dr. Adu Gyamfi.
The Ministry wishes to assure the general public that the National Peace Council is a credible institution constituting highly respected eminent persons duly nominated and elected by following the due processes provided by the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.