Provide clarity on Public Enterprises Ministers’ appointment – Minority demands

The Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has called for further clarity following the appointment of Joseph Cudjoe as the Minister Designate for Public Enterprises.

The vetting of the Minister-designate was disrupted after the Tamale South legislator raised an objection to Mr Cudjoe’s appointment on Tuesday.

Citing the Executive Instrument (E.I.) 12, which did not include the Public Enterprises Ministry, he objected to the vetting process.

“I have a preliminary fundamental objection to us proceeding with the vetting of my colleague, I have no problem with his person or him being a member of Parliament.

“But I want to know, are we vetting him as minister of state or as a substantive minister. There is no ministry for Public enterprises as we speak. Aside that what will his will be.

“I am demanding clarity. What are we seeking to do considering the honourable for a non-existing ministry which is not a creation of law or statute. In what ministry is he going to,” the Minority leader demanded.

The Effutu constituency MP Alexander Afenyo Markin had a contrary opinion.

He suggested that the house proceed with the vetting but seek further clarification as suggested by the Minority Leader.

After further exchanges, Mr. Iddrisu threatened to boycott the vetting process.

The Tamale South MP stated that “even if it takes midnight with correspondence from the presidency we will be here to work. As we proceed there is no Ministry for Public Enterprises and our hands are tied because we should be assessing him based on the role he is going to play.”

The house went on a break to agree on the modalities. The Minister designate under controversy could only stifle a smile.

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