We will be prepared for Akufo-Addo’s ministerial appointees – Jinapor

The Member of Parliament of Yapei Kusawgu, John Abdulai Jinapo has indicated that ministerial appointees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s second term should not be overly zealous in getting an easy pass this time during their vetting and confirmation for their new positions this time around.

According to him, the dynamics have changed and so is the pre-occupation of every member on the appointment committee in parliament, comprising of both the National Democratic Congress (NDC)and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He told Osei Bonsu on Ekossisen Show that the committee will have an even ordered representation from both sides to deliver on a more balanced assessment of any nominee that the President appoints.

Hon. Jinapor mentioned that Ghanaians should expect a fairer and impressive vetting this year, one he added would provide some sureties for the state in terms of credibility and responsible administration under the President.

He stated by way of a scenario that, the NDC Caucuses would not entertain any personal and family relations as being a reason for which an appointee would have an easy pass.

He mentioned that Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta, “whom I have heard has been nominated’, may not have it easy before the committee.

“We will be better prepared this time to scrutinize every appointee of President Akufo Addo, irrespective of the relationship. But we will do this in the interest of the nation. They should be fit for the position they occupy… in terms of being accountable and responsible. The NDC will ensure just that.”

Commenting on the Speakership election and the manner in which it was conducted, John Jinapor indicated that the NPP would have won the election with no stress if they had allowed the whips to compel MPs to show their votes.

He noted further that the NDC is more welcoming of any news that would arise from the meeting by the Speaker and the leadership of both parties about which party is to be granted the majority caucus.

“There’s nothing we could do…they would have won easily if we had allowed them to disregard the secret voting. But we are receptive to any decision they take regarding the majority and minority status.”

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