Samual Abu Jinapor the former Deputy Chief of staff and Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources, has said what is expected of vetting Committee which he believes they will discharge is proper scrutiny and vetting.
Currently, the constitution of the appointment committee of parliament currently stands at 13-13 which means, they both have equal representation from both sides of parliament, giving the minority group an equal say in the approvals.
Engaging with the media, the Minister designate for Lands and Natural Resources said he is not concerned about threats by the minority in parliament to disapprove some of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees, because the constitution has spelled out qualifications of a minister of state and that is what should guide the Appointments committee of which he is a member himself.
“I am not concerned. The framers of our constitution were deliberate in formulating the appointment of ministers in this manner which vests the mandate of the eventual appointment of ministers in the executive and the legislature.” He stressed
“The president nominates and parliament gives prior approval. The framers of our constitution could have well said the president nominates and that’s it or they could have said that parliament would be responsible for the nomination and that will be it. I think that that constitutional architecture is one that I welcome very much in accord with separation of powers, checks, and balances, it’s very perfect, I’m more than happy with it. Ministers are to be vetted, so will it be.”
However, he expressed satisfaction with the opportunity offered him by President, he believes the appointment is a signal that President has some level of confidence in him.
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