Absence of handing over notes from ministers threatens vetting processes— Mahama Ayariga
A Member of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Mahama Ayariga has stated that the absence of handing over notes from ministers and their agencies threatens thorough vetting processes.
“As the day of vetting draws closer and without any handing over notes to show, I cautioned that NDC members on the appointments committee might be forced to take some firm of decision.”
“As an Appointment Committee to vet those nominees, I don’t see how we can do any good job befitting of the nominees if we are not handed copies of the handing over notes,” he said.
Mr Ayariga noted that “Section 7 of Act 845 requires an Administrator-General to make available to the person elected as president, the original copies of the handing over notes, he shall retain one and make one available to Parliament.
“The Presidential Transition Act makes provision for comprehensive handing over note to be prepared, even before the new president assumes office or the old president if he is continuing in office is sworn in.”
Mr Ayariga, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central in the Upper East Region pointed out that the House had no such record, official or formal in its possession of any handing over notes from any of the Ministries Departments and Agencies as required under Section 7 of Act 845, an act which had been described as breach of Presidential Transition Act 2012.
Explaining the processes, Mr Ayariga said the handing over notes must cover extensively every activity of Office of the President, Vice President, various Ministries, Sectors, Agencies and Departments, along with Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies.
He indicated that the Minority was hell burnt on demanding the notes to ensure right people were in Office and not out of spite and insisted “you don’t need to carry track loads of documents so you don’t tell us you don’t have printing papers or anything of a sort to print and bring it to us, you can put it on CD-ROM or electronic version and put it in an envelope and present it to us.”