The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Haruna Idrisu has condemned government’s decision to dissolve the governing council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to rescind the decision with immediate effect.
All eyes will be on Parliament today as the Appointments Committee begins the vetting of six nominees for ministerial and deputy ministerial positions.
Appearing on the first day are Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah for the Ministry of Information, Ms Cynthia Morrison for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Mr Evans Opoku Bobie for the Brong Ahafo Region.
A statement issued by the acting Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Ms Kate Addo, said the public hearings “are in accordance with the Standing Orders of Parliament.”
“Pursuant to Order 172 (3) of the Standing Orders of Parliament, following the President’s nominations, the Parliament of Ghana announces that the Appointments Committee will hold public hearings to consider the six Ministerial and Deputy Ministerial appointments on October 26, 2018 and October 29, 2018, respectively,” it said.
On Monday, October 29, 2018, the second batch of nominees will also appear before the Appointments Committee.
They are Mrs Paulina Tangaba Abayage for the Upper East Region, Mr Martin Oti-Gyarko, Deputy Minister nominee for the Brong Ahafo Region, and Mr Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, deputy minister nominee for Eastern Region.
The vetting process
At the vetting, the nominees are expected to answer questions bordering on their educational backgrounds and work experience.
The committee members will also solicit answers from the nominees in relation to the policy direction they will be proffering for their respective ministries.
After the vetting, the committee will write a report to Parliament, recommending by consensus or a majority decision for a nominee to be approved or rejected by the House.
Thereafter, the plenary will consider the report and after contributions from members, the House can approve or reject the nomination.
When the House approves the nomination of a minister or a deputy minister, the President will then swear in the minister or deputy minster for him or her to assume work.
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and other gender activists have called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to make do his promise to ensure that the Affirmative Action bill is passed into law before the end of the year.
Three political parties have described the recent disturbances at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as largely avoidable if the authorities of the school had exercised some discretion and maturity in the handling of the issues.
The Electoral Commission (EC) will begin exhibiting the voters register from Thursday October 25 to Wednesday October 31, 2018 in areas earmarked for the upcoming referendum for the regional reorganisation.
The Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) has called on the government to take urgent steps to stabilise the cedi and arrest its continuous depreciation against the major international trading currencies.
The Presiding Member of the Chereponi District Assembly, Mr Benjamin Kofi Ngisa, has stated that all members of the assembly are strongly in support of the inclusion of Chereponi in the creation of the proposed North East Region as it will help bring massive development to the area.
The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has said that the Nation Builders Corps (NABCo) is a thoughtful initiative by the Government to address the current unemployment situation in the country.
The National Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Prof. Edmund Delle, has said “the hourly counter-accusations and challenges to show who or what political party did what and how best it was done” is counterproductive.
Fomer President John Dramani Mahama began a five-day tour of the Brong-Ahafo Region last Thursday with a call on delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to vote massively for him to demonstrate to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the NDC is poised to come back to power in 2020.
A flag bearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr Augustus Goosie Tanoh has started his campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region with a meeting with the regional executive members of the party in Accra.
The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has reiterated the resolve of the New Patriotic Party government under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to implement policies and programmes designed to alleviate the hardships faced by the ordinary Ghanaian.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been reappointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Mr António Guterres, to serve as co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for an additional two years.
The Centre for Social Democracy (CSD) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), in conjunction with the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have started a series of debates for aspirants seeking to contest the national executive positions of the NDC.
An NDC presidential candidate hopeful, Alhaji Nurideen has cautioned the party against the formation of support groups and instead work with the party's structures to enable it win the 2020 elections from the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Godly World International Centre, (GOWIC) a non-governmental organisation, is leading in the fight against plastic waste in the country using innovative ways to turn plastic waste into viable ventures.
An aide to Mr Huudu Yahaya, a national chairman aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Benjamin Avornyotse, has said Mr Yahaya’s rare qualities as a unifier and a stalwart of the founding ideals of the party places him in the best stead to lead the party to victory in the 2020 general election.
The Electoral Commission has decided to set up a committee to come up with a roadmap for the implementation of the Representation of the People's Amendment Act (ROPAA), 2006 (Act 699) which gives Ghanaians in the Diaspora the right to vote from abroad.