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 additional 16 on Thursday night came after a unanimous voice vote from both sides of the House.
The nominees are Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu for Health; Mr Alan Kyerematen for Trade and Industry; Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame for Attorney-General and Minister of Justice designate; Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful for Communications and Digitisation; Samuel Abu Jinapor for Lands and Natural Resources and Mr Francis Asenso Boakye for Works and Housing.
The others are Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta for Roads and Highways; Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah for Transport; Mr John Peter Amewu for Railway Development; Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah for Sanitation and Water Resources and Mr Mohammed Ibrahim Awal for Tourism, Arts and Culture.
Suspension of House
The approval of the 16 appointees came after the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu, had presented the second report of the committee on the President’s nominees and moved a motion for the House to adopt and approve the committee’s report.
Prior to the approval of the 16 nominees, some of the Minority Members of Parliament drew the Speaker’s attention to the fact that the they had not received copies of the Appointments Committee’s report.
The Speaker, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin consequently 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.
By Nana Konadu Agyeman and Emmanuel Bruce