Ferdinand | PoliticsGhana | March 25 | Parliament approves 6 Ministerial Nominees presented by the Appointment Committee of Parliament
The House in a vote on Friday, March 24, 2023, has approved the appointment of six Ministerial nominees presented by the Appointment Committee in accordance with Article 79(1) of the 1992 Constitution.
Out of the 275 Members of Parliament eligible to vote, three were absent while the remaining 272 Members successfully cast their ballots.
The approved Ministers include Hon. K.T Hammond as Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Bryan Acheampong as Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Stephen Asamoah Boateng as Minister of Religious Affairs and Chieftaincy, Hon. Mohammed Amin Adams as Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Osei Bonsu Amoah as Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, and Hon. Stephen Amoah as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.
On Thursday, the Appointments Committee presented their report on the nominees to Parliament, which was followed by a vote that occurred March 24th, 2023. These appointments were made to fill vacancies that were created by the resignations of three previous Ministers.
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Three Members of Parliament (MPs) were unable to participate in a vote on Friday to approve six persons nominated by the President of Ghana for appointment as Ministers, Ministers of State, and Deputy Ministers.
The absentee MPs were Mr James Gyakye Quayson, National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Assin North, Madam Sarah Adwoa Safo, New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Dome Kwabenya, and Mr Philip Atta Basoah, NPP MP for Kumawu.
Mr Quayson’s absence was due to a court injunction restraining him from carrying himself as an MP.
Meanwhile, Mr Basoah was initially reported as being on his way to the House, but the Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, informed the House at the end of voting that Mr Basoah could not make it on time to cast his vote.
As a result of Mr Quayson’s inability to participate, the total number of Minority MPs was reduced from 137 to 136. In addition, the absence of Madam Safo and Mr Basoah led to the number of Majority MPs, including one independent MP, reducing from 138 to 136.
How the MPs voted on President Akuffo Addo’s Ministerial Nominees
- KT Hammond 154 Yes Votes 116 No Votes 1 rejected Ballot 1 abstention
- Bryan Achempong 167 Yes Votes 98 No Votes 4 rejected Ballot 3 abstention
- Asamoah Boateng 147 Yes Votes 122 No Votes 0 rejected Ballot 3 abstention
- Mohammed Amin Adam 152 Yes Votes 117 No Votes 1 rejected Ballot 2 abstentions
- OB Amoah 149 Yes Votes 120 No Votes 0 rejected Ballot 3 abstention
- Stephen Amoah 146 Yes Votes 123 No Votes 0 rejected Ballot 3 abstention
Click for the full speech of Mr Mahama. HERE
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