Members of the Minority side of Parliament on Wednesday walked out to protest the approval of some four deputy ministerial nominees who were vetted on the Green Ghana Day.
According to the Deputy Minority Leader, James Avedzi, the Chairman of the Appointments Committee was unfair to the Minority members on the Committee when he went ahead to lead the vetting even when the Speaker had ruled that all activities be suspended for the house to fully participate in the national tree planting exercise.
The nominees in question are the Deputy Attorney General, Diana Asonaba Dapaah; the Deputy Local Government Minister, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah; the Deputy Sanitation Minister, Amidu Chinia and the Deputy Gender Minister, Zuweira Abudu.
“The Chairman of the [Appointments] Committee has not been fair to the Minority side of the committee. Whilst the Right Honourable Speaker directed that we should take part in the tree planting, they organized a meeting for the vetting of these people. We from the Minority will not be part of this debate because the Chairman has not been fair to us,” he said.
James Avedzi, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Ketu North Constituency, said being in their respective constituencies for the tree planting exercise on the instruction of the Speaker of Parliament was a national assignment, hence they did not expect the Chairman of the Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu, to go ahead with the vetting.
“Our side will not support these four nominees. We will not be part of this, and I want to draw your attention to this, so we will walk out and when you finish, we will come back,” he added.