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Confirmed! Appointment Committee freezes approval of Agyarko, Maafo

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The Appointment Committee  of Parliament has recommended for approval eight out of the 13 ministerial nominees vetted so far.

However, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, Energy Minister designate Boakye Agyarko and three others were not part of the list recommended for approval.

A copy of the first report of the appointment committee made available to Joy News names the appointees recommended for approval as follows;

Mr Albert Kan Dapaah , Minister Designate  for National Security, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister Designate for Finance, Dominic Nitiwul, Minister Designate for Defence, Ambrose Dery  Minister Designate for Interior, Ms Gloria Akuffo, Minister Designate for Attorney General and Justice.

The others are Alan Kyeremanten, Minister Designate for Trade and Industry, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway Minister designate for Foreign Affairs and Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister Designate for Local Government and Rural Development.

The report was however silent on why the approval of the five has been withheld by the committee.

On Wednesday the Minority Chief Whip  Muntaka Mubarak hinted the Committee has withheld the approval of the Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko because he ventured into politics in answering some of the questions posed to him and has been given time to substantiate some of the claims he made during the heated vetting.

The vetting of the Energy Minister designate is believed  to be the most exciting with Boakye Agyarko showing a depth of knowledge of the field he will occupy if approved.

He however had a heated banter with the Minority Chief Whip over whether the World Bank mounted pressure on the ex-president over the implementation of a new gas project.

It is not clear why Osafo Maafo has also not been recommended for approval. Joy News is learning he has also been asked to provide the audio of a controversial ethnic comment he made during a meeting with party officers in the Eastern Region.

He was reported to have said that only five regions in the country are endowed with Ghana’s natural resources for which reason any president chosen must come from one of those regions to be able to manage the resources.

When he appeared before the committee Osafo Maafo insisted the tape which went viral had been doctored for propaganda purposes.

Sources at the Committee tell Joy News the Minister designate is expected to bring a full copy of the tape.

Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent Joseph Opoku Gakpo said the final report of the approved minister designate will submitted to the plenary for final approval.

A second report is expected to be released to cover the vetting of the last three minister designates for health, Agric and Education, Gakpo reported.

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