The Parliament of Ghana Friday, June 18 after receiving the 6th report of the Appointments Committee on Deputy Minister-designate said the approval of Gifty Ampofo Twum as Deputy Minister for Education has been suspended.
Detailing reasons for the suspension, Parliament said Tamale North MP expressed dissatisfaction with her handling of questions during the vetting regarding a CDD’s Corruption Watch assessment of the last NPP parliamentary primaries.
According to Alhassan Suhuyini, while Madam Twum-Ampofo had admitted to offering NPP delegates in the Abuakwa North Constituency with GH₵1500 and a flat-screen television each during the party’s primaries, she lacked candour and conscience when questioned at her vetting on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
The sixth report presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu however confirmed the approval of 12 deputy ministerial nominees including John Ntim Fordjour, the new Deputy Education Minister.
Currently, 24 out of the 40 deputy ministerial nominees by President Akufo Addo have been approved by Parliament.
The approved nominees include Andrew Kofi Agyapa Mercer for Energy, John Ntim Fordjour for Education, George Mireku Duker for Lands and Natural Resources, Kofi Amankwah Manu for Defence and Naana Eyiah Quansah for the Interior.
Others are Hassan Sulemana Tampuli who is a Deputy Minister-designate for Transport, John Ampontua Kumah for Finance, Frederick Obeng Adom for Transport and Mavis Nkansah-Boadu pencilled for Roads and Highways.
The rest are Evans Opoku Bobie for Youth and Sports, Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru for Food and Agriculture, and Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah for Health.