The Parliament of Ghana unanimously approved the second batch of deputy ministers following the report and recommendation of the Appointment Committee of Parliament.
A total of thirteen Deputy Ministers were approved and three held on with some explanation that some issues need to be cleared.
Presenting the committee’s report, the Hon Chairman, Joseph Osei Owusu presented the following names to the House for approval, Hon Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, Deputy Minister for Energy, Hon. John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister for Education, Hon George Mireku Duker, Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources.
The others are Hon Kofi Amankwah-Manu, Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon Naana Ayiah-Quansah, Deputy Minister for Interior, Hon Hassah Sulemana Tampuli, Deputy Minister for Transport, Hon John Ampontua Kuma, Deputy Minister for Finance, Hon Frederick Obeng Adom, Deputy Minister for Transport.
The rest are Hon Mavis Nkansah Boadu, Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Evan Opoku Bobie, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture and Hon Tina Naa Ayeley, Deputy Minister for Health.
However, the House has recommended that report on the three deputy ministers who were not approved by the House should be reconsidered by the Appointment Committee and report back to the House in the coming days.
The three were Hon Gifty Twum-Ampofo Deputy Minister-designate for Education, Hon Amidu Issahaku Chinnia Deputy Minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources and Ms Diana Asonaba Dapaah Deputy Minister-designate for Attorney General and Minister for Justice.