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We Won’t Partake in Krapa Vetting- Minority

The Minority in Parliament has served notice about its decision to exclude itself from the vetting and subsequent approval of the appointment of the Deputy Minister for Energy, Herbert Krapa as the Minister of State at the Energy Ministry.

In a statement expressing concern and questioning the “haste” with which the Majority is pushing the processes, the Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, said the laid out procedures were being sidestepped.

“Longstanding parliamentary practice requires that persons nominated for appointment by the President shall be published in a newspaper of national circulation to inform, request memorandum or representation from the public.”

“These requirements have totally been breached. The minority is at a loss as to the rationale for the indecent haste on the part of the majority, particularly as there is a subsisting Minister for Energy and the nominee is already a Deputy Minister for Energy.”

He noted that his caucus would not be a party to the process if Ghanaians were not allowed to play their part. Additionally, he cited the large government size which is putting a strain on the finances of the state as another factor for which they will not be part of the approval process.

“Under the good circumstances, the NDC Minority Caucus cannot in good conscience participate in the vetting of yet another injury time ministerial nominee.”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last week wrote to Parliament seeking approval for the nomination of the Board Chairman of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Deputy Energy Minister, Herbert Krapah as Minister of State at the Energy Ministry.

“I’m writing to seek parliamentary approval for the appointment of Honourable Herbert Krapa as Minister of State at the Ministry of Energy in accordance with Article 78 of the Constitution,” a part of the letter read on the floor by Speaker Alban Bagbin said.

In the letter read on July 3, 2024, the President cited workload on the Ministry for the decision.

In a notice on July 8, the Parliament of Ghana urged Ghanaians to submit their input if any about the nominee.

“In accordance with Article 78(1) of the 1992 Constitution, H.E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated Hon Herbert Krapah for consideration and approval by Parliament as Minister of State at the Ministry of Energy.”

“Subject to Standing Order 217(10) the Rt Hon Speaker has referred the nomination to the Appointments Committee for consideration and report. Persons or organisations who may have comments and inputs in respect of the nominee may submit memoranda or representation.”

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