Parliament has by consensus, approved an additional 16 ministerial nominees. This brings to a total of 29 ministerial nominees by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who have been approved by Parliament for his second term in office. The approval of the 16 on Thursday night came after a unanimous voice vote from both sides of the House. The Minority had earlier on Wednesday expressed their reservation against the approval of five of the nominees – Peter Amewu, Godfred Yeboah Dame, Kwasi Amoako Atta, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, and Kwaku Agyeman Manu. The House suspended sitting for 30 minutes to allow the Table Office to distribute copies of the report to the National Democratic Congress (NDC0 MPs) The House, after almost over an hour, resumed to debate the observations and recommendations made by the Appointments Committee. The Minority had signaled their readiness to withdraw their approval for them before the House approved five nominees. The other 16 nominees are Mr. Kwaku Manu for Health, Mr. Alan Kyerematen for Trade and Industry, Mrs. Ursula Ousu Ekuful for Communications and Digitisation, Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor for Lands and Natural Resources, and Mr. Francis Asenso Boakye for Works and Housing.
Appointments Committee, by consensus, cleared all the five appointees and recommended them for approval by the plenary. The 16 are part of the 30 ministers of state who have been duly vetted by the committee. One more nominee, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta for Finance is yet to be vetted. This is due to his travel outside of Ghana for the medical review in the United States of America, where he is being treated for post-COVID-19 treatment. The committee submitted its first report of the 13 nominees on its first report Tuesday.
The following day, the House debated the observations and recommendation before approving the appointees. The 10 who were approved by consensus were the Minister-designate for National Security, Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah; the Minister for Defence, Mr. Dominic Nitiwul; and the Minister. for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey. The others were Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; the minister for Parliamentary Affairs; and Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh; the minister for Energy, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.