Fireworks At Appointments COMMITTE As Trade, Agric And Energy Nominees Minister Appear Today
Nominees for the Ministries of Energy, Trade and Agriculture are expected to face tough questions from the MINORITY as they take their turns to go through the vetting process later today.
The MINORITY which has so far demonstrated the capacity to expose the phantom lies told to project the NPP nominees as very competent have managed so far to shrug off intimidation tactics adopted to cow them to treat them with kids gloves.
In what many describe as sheer arrogance especially by Senior Minister designate who was forced to apologise to the committee over his description of MP for North Tongu and former deputy Minister of Education as child, a section of the media cabal rather sought to embarrass the NDC through cooked publications to divert attention.
SAMUEL Okudjeto’s question sought clarity on the disgrace Yaw Osafo Marfo brought to Ghana when he chased a fraudulent CNTCI loan whose address was traced to a barbering salon in the U.K.
Typically, Think Tanks, Civil Society and a cross section of the public should have been interested to ensure Ghanaians get the needed assurances from Yaw Osafo Marfo, a former Finance Minister who says his key role will be to spearhead the management of GHANA’S economy.
He also undermined the integrity of the NPP when he said they will continue to borrow contrary to the rhetorics during the election campaign which described monies used for massive infrastructure development, intended to create the enabling environment to attract the much needed growth as bad investment.
Interestingly Finance Minister designate, KEN OFORI ATTAH cleverly tried to use other words like reengineering to cover up.
The NPP which tried to kick against the Ghana Infrastructure Fund established by the Mahama Administration has now told the nation it is going to be one of their key pillars to raise funds to fund the numerous promises.
In spite of the seeming quietness and need for further public scrutiny by the media to ensure Ghanaians get best assurances on the way forward, the MINORITY says they are poised to engage appointees daily and for the records so the people who follow proceedings can make their own decisions.
In what many describe as an interesting twist, the NPP which is chasing away former government appointees has found reason to keep the team litigating the boundary with Cote D’Ivoire.
The Attorney General-designate Gloria Afua Akuffo told the Appointments Committee on Friday she will maintain the team of experts set up by the previous government to resolve the maritime border dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
“I have met with the team before the immediate past Attorney General left office in consultation with the president. I took the principled position that what is at stake is the interest of Ghana… The matter has reached a very advanced stage. I have found no need to change the composition of the team,” she said.
She said she has worked personally with the team, including the outgone AG, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, saying, “I have worked and I continue to work closely with the immediate past attorney general”.
On Monday 23rd January, 2017, the Committee is expected to grill Minister-nominee for Local Government & Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister-nominee of Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, Minister-nominee of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Minister-nominee of Energy, Boakye Agyarko.
The turn of Mr Allan KWADWO Kyeremanteng who was virtually freed from scrutiny over how he presided over the collapsed Presidential Special Initiatives in which billions of cedis was sank during the KUFUOR Administration will be very interesting.
The NPP has described him as a genius who has the magic wand to make Ghana an industrial hub in the country.
MINORITY MPs will demand answers on the bad investments and there are already reports that MP for Dome, ADJOA Sarfo and others have been psyched up to frustrate those who try to expose much.
MP designate for Agriculture will also have to prove that indeed the cocoa sector has collapsed as he made electorates to believe.
Another tough session is the agenda by the NPP to hound former Chief Executive of Ghana COCOBOD, Dr Opuni.
MP for Assign North, Kennedy Agyapong who leaked the NPPs witch hunting agenda has so far not been condemned by the party for vowing that they will jail Dr Opuni.
Dr OSEI Afriyie Akoto who will superintend over COCOBOD under the new NPP policy to cede that from the Finance Ministry will be expected to State his position on the matter.
The NPP also made a lot of promises for the fisheries sector which will come up for scrutiny.
Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister nominee for Foreign Affairs is likely to be first to appear for on Tuesday.
Others include Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Education and Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Health.
In all, 36 nominees would be vetted.