I engaged some MPs over my approval – Minister-designate reveals

I engaged some MPs over my approval – Minister-designate reveals

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Information Minister-Designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has recounted how he had to engage some parliamentarians prior to an election on the approval of his nomination.

According to the Ofoase-Ayireb Member of Parliament, he had to take that moment serious like he would do in any election since anything could have happened.

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He disclosed this on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen as he describes the outcome as a bit of a surprise after he polled 156 votes.

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“I didn’t have to be complacent so I engaged as many MPs as I could and campaigned rigorously because I didn’t want any Indian film experience.

“Though I had my own target, I did not expect the numbers I had,” he said.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah added: “The outcome has strengthened my faith in God and I am convinced the Lord will always protect his own if only we work in honesty and in truth.”

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Parliament, by a majority decision and consensus, approved the nomination of 13 ministerial nominees while 10 were approved by consensus.

Three nominees, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, minister-designate for Information, Hawa Koomson, minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, minister-designate for Food and Agriculture, who were earlier rejected, were approved.

Parliament, after hours of sitting, which dragged through Wednesday night to about 3:00 am Thursday, approved all 13 ministerial nominees in the Appointments Committee’s report.

The prolonged sitting was partly due to a debate from both sides of the House over the clarity in what was meant by a ‘majority decision’ as captured in the report recommending the approval of three of the 13 ministers-designate.

After unfavourable attempts to use a headcount, Speaker Alban Bagbin resorted to the use of a secret ballot to decide whether the nominees should be approved or not.

Source: Adomonline

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