Ursula, Ofori-Atta will ‘sweat’ during vetting – Banda MP

Former Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful,  and former Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta who have been renominated by President Akufo-Addo to occupy their respective offices will be “grilled” by a strong panel during vetting.

The Member of Parliament for Banda who doubles as a deputy whip for the opposition NDC caucus in
Parliament made this known to Dwaboase host on Power FM, Prince Minkah, Thursday morning.

Mr Ahmed Ibrahim listed quite a number of reasons Mrs Owusu-Ekuful will sweat at her vetting.

“She has not submitted her annual audited report to Parliament,” the MP said and noted that was against the laws of the land.

“During Speaker Oquaye’s [former Speaker of Parliament] time, we kept calling for the report and.yet he didn’t give it any attention,” Mr Ibrahim stated.

Aside the unlawful act of the Ablekuma Central MP, Mr Ibrahim said she had had sanctioned the closure of dozens of radio stations across the country including Radio XYZ in a rather capricious manner that demanded answers.

He believes Ursula is not fit for the portfolio she has been nominated for.

“Even Rawlings [NDC founder and Ghana’s longest serving president] who took over the country through a coup d’etat allowed for the pluralism of the media. He came to power when the only radio station the country had was state-owned GBC, but he allowed for private media houses to thrive for the sake of democracy, but today we have had radio stations closed down by the government with flimsy excuses under Ursula, “he added.

Until Mrs Owusu-Ekuful justifies why her outfit closed radio stations majority of whom belong to owners who are members of the opposition NDC, she will be disqualified, the MP noted.

“The coming days will be very interesting in Parliament because they have to justify why we should pass them to be ministers,” he said referring to Ursula and former Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, who has been called to serve in that capacity again.

Low Score

Recently, president of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, described Owusu-Ekuful as an underperformed Minister in the Akufo-Addo first term, scoring her 30 percent.

“I think she was a poor minister when it comes to Communications especially from 2018 and 2019 going.

“Some of the decisions she maneuvered were very poor. She had poor relations with her constituency which are the telcos, poor policy planning and poor revenue making for the country. These are things that make me think that she deserves 30 per cent,” he said while speaking on the Key Points on TV3 in relation to the impending ministerial appointments to be done by President Akufo-Addo.

Some of the NDC caucus on the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) have said by virtue of their numbers on the panel will ensure that they don’t become a “rubber stamp” and qualify vindictive or dishonest persons into any ministerial office.

Ahmed Ibrahim seems to have given the opinion more relevance with his recent commentary, which indicates the NDC caucus will make sure unqualified persons nominated for ministerial appointments will not make it.

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