Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, has expressed disappointment over the approval of all six NPP ministers, which was not in line with the party’s agreement. He had hoped that his caucus would vote against the nominees to put pressure on President Akufo-Addo to reduce the size of his government, but this did not happen.
Despite this setback, the Ajumako Enyam Essiam lawmaker has expressed gratitude to the over 100 NDC MPs who voted against the nominees. He praised them for demonstrating their unwavering commitment to the collective good of the Ghanaian people.
It is important to note that the approval of the nominees does not necessarily mean that they will not be held accountable for their actions in their respective ministries. The opposition party and other concerned citizens can still monitor their performance and hold them accountable for any wrongdoing or incompetence
Post from the minority leader.
To say I am profoundly disappointed with the outcome of yesterday’s proceedings is an understatement.
“While it is true that we did not achieve the desired reduction in the number of ministers under this government, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the over 100 NDC MPs who worked tirelessly to represent the will of the majority of the Ghanaian people.
“These MPs have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the betterment of our society.
“Their tireless efforts to push for a reduction in the number of ministers are a testament to their dedication to our shared cause,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday, March 25.
Meanwhile, Dr Ato Forson has expressed his optimism the caucus achieve greater good for the NDC and Ghana as a whole.
“While the outcome may not have been what we had hoped for, I believe we can still work together to achieve our goals.
“I remain hopeful that, by continuing to engage in constructive dialogue and collaboration, we can find a way forward that benefits all Ghanaians.
“Once again, I want to express my disappointment, but I am also grateful for the efforts of those who worked to represent our collective vision for a better Ghana. Let us continue to strive towards a brighter future.”
According to recent news, after hours of disagreements and a brief suspension, Ghana’s Parliament has finally approved President Akufo-Addo’s six ministerial nominees. The confirmed nominees include Kobina Tahir Hammond as the head of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Dr Stephen Amoah as Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Brian Acheampong as the Food and Agriculture Minister, Mohammed Amin Adam as Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Stephen Asamoah Boateng as the Religious and Chieftaincy Affairs Minister, and Osei Bonsu Amoah as Minister of State for Local Government and Rural Development.
However, the conduct of the NDC MPs during the approval process has been condemned by many Ghanaians, including former President John Dramani Mahama. He accused the MPs of betraying their principled position of not approving any new ministers until the President had taken steps to reduce the size of his government. Despite their initial stance, the MPs approved the nominees, prompting criticism from Mahama and others who believe that personal interests have taken precedence over the national interest.
It remains to be seen how the new ministers will perform in their respective roles, and whether they will be able to make a positive impact on Ghana’s economy and society.