Until we approve them at parliament they can't pose off as Ministers--- Haruna Iddrisu
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Until we approve them in parliament they can’t pose off as Ministers— Haruna Iddrisu

Until we approve them in parliament they can’t pose off as Ministers— Haruna Iddrisu

Until we approve them in parliament they can’t pose off as Ministers— Haruna Iddrisu

The Minority leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has raised concerns over some former ministers holding on to their ministerial positions even though their first term in office is over.

This comes after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo charged some former ministers to maintain their respective positions pending the appointment and subsequent approval of new ministers for his second term in office.

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These former ministers include Ken Ofori Atta, who was the Minister of Finance, Alan Kyerematen who was the Minister of Trade, the Minister for Local Government Hajia Alima Mahama, and former Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

But speaking in a media interview, Mr Iddrisu described it as illegal.

Citing the Supreme Court ruling in J. A Mensah versus Attorney General 1997, the Tamale South  Member of Parliament (MP) stressed that there was nothing like “acting” or “holding” Minister.

For him, until prospective Ministers of State go through the constitutional processes they cannot hold themselves as Ministers.

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“I have seen some ministers still hold themselves about as if they are Ministers. That is unlawful, that is illegal and unconstitutional. As we speak today, Ghana has no Ministers.”

“The President got it wrong, their mandate has elapsed and until they are nominated go through vetting, secure approval of Parliament, and they cannot hold themselves as Ministers. So as far as we are concerned, there is nothing like Acting Minister and the Supreme Court does not recognise such a position,” Mr Iddrisu.

Commenting on the military barging onto the floor of Parliament during the inauguration of the eight parliament, the NDC leader questioned the authority with which the Defence or Interior Minister gave the order.

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He insisted that as of midnight January 7, all Ministers lost their mandate to exercise such rights, and promised to initiate an inquiry to ascertain whether the conduct was acceptable.

Source: www.spotonnews.net

Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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