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Deputy Minister-designate of Education approval in limbo

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The approval of the Deputy Minister-designate of Education, Gifty Twum-Ampofo, is in limbo as her name is missing from the second approval list of the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

The house has however approved the nomination of eleven of her colleagues by consensus, based on the recommendation of the Appointments Committee.

The approved nominees in this batch are Deputy Minister-designate for Energy, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Deputy Minister-designate for Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, Deputy Minister-Designate for Defence, Kofi Amankwaa-Manu.

The rest are Deputy Minister-Designate for Interior, Naana Eyiah Quansah, Deputy Minister-Designate for Transport Hassan Tampuli, Deputy Minister-designate for Finance John Kumah, Deputy Minister-Designate for Transport, Frederick Obeng Adom, Deputy Minister-designate for Roads and Highways Mavis Nkansah Boadu, Deputy Minister-designate for Youth and Sports Evans Opoku Bobbie and Deputy Minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources, Issahaku Amidu Chinnia.

This is the second batch of approved nominees after the initial number of eleven nominees and one Minister of state nominee.

There is a stalemate among the members of the Appointments Committee over Abuakwa North MP’s nomination after Tamale North MP Alhassan Suhuyini publicly announced his decision to vote against her, for  his view, the female legislator’s unsatisfactory answers relating to bribery allegations leveled against her during the New Patriotic Party’s 2020 parliamentary primary.

Mr Suhuyini said he was “disappointed in the nominee’s lack of candor and what seems to be a conscience that is dead to the threat of bribery and corruption to our democracy”.

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