Appointment of Minister-designate for Public Enterprises, not lawful-Minority

The Minority in Parliament has raised questions over the appointment of Minister-designate for Public Enterprises, Joseph Cudjoe.

The members on the Vetting Committee led by Haruna Iddrisu demanded clarity on the status of the Public Enterprises Ministry which he described as “non-existent.”

The lawmaker cited the Executive Instrument (E.I.) 12 Civil Service Ministries Instrument 2021, which did not include the Public Enterprises Ministry, he objected to the vetting process.

“Within the meaning of E.I. 12, there is no Ministry for Public Enterprises,” Mr. Iddrisu said in his objection.

He insisted that the Presidency ought to provide “clarity and guidance” on the situation.

“Even if it takes until midnight for the correspondence from the President we will wait but as we proceed, there is no Ministry for Public Enterprise and our hands are tied because we should be assessing him based on the role he is going to play.”

”Our side will just sit and observe whilst we wait for clarity and better particulars from the Presidency. We do not intend to take part in further proceedings until we receive a satisfactory explanation from the office of the Presidency.”

But Chair of the Committee Joseph Osei Owusu said he could not request clarity from the Presidency without the Speaker of Parliament’s consent.

“I don’t think I can go behind Mr. Speaker to speak to the Presidency on matters like this so let’s proceed with what we can,” he said.


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