Abuakwa South Assembly Member, Samuel Atta Akyea stated that there is no reason for the Minority in Parliament to decide whether to approve the four deputy minister candidates, since they chose to walk out during the vetting.
He told reporters on Wednesday, June 23, that the National Congress of Democracy (NDC) legislators willingly chose to attend another event which is supposedly more important than the vetting, hence no one can be held accountable for their absence.
Assemblyman Tamale North, Alhassna Suhuyini revealed that NDC legislators’ absence was due to the fact that they were following the Speaker’s order to join the Green Ghana Plantation Project on Friday, June 11.
He said that they went to various electoral districts across the country to participate in the project, so they did not expect the committee to carry on with the vetting of the nominees during this period.
He further emphasized that, the vetting of the nominees is a blunt disrespect to the Speaker.
The four deputy ministerial nominees in question are Techiman South MP Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, for Local Government and Rural Development, Lariba Zuweira Abudu, for Gender, Children and Special Protection, Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, for Sanitation and Water Resources, and Diana Asonaba Dapaah, for the Justice.
In his words, he said; “This is disrespect not just to us, disrespect to even the Speaker of Parliament and we hope that the Speaker will request the Committee to re-vet these nominees if possible.”
Atta Akyea however, fired back saying “That decision was their own election and so we shouldn’t applaud them for it”.
“When they returned and the committee had proceeded in vetting the nominees…the Minority could have also taken the decision that ‘let us see that the decision taken by the rest of the members of the committee will pass the test of what they have been vetted for’.”