Ghana’s Parliament has unanimously approved the nomination of Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye as Deputy Minister for Health to help the Akufo Addo government with his expertise as a medical doctor and general knowledge in health related issues.
The nominee is currently the Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, serves on the Parliamentary Committees on Health and Government Assurances and Board Chairman of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The Appointment Committee of Parliament made their recommendation to the House to approve the President’s nomination without any further delay because the young medical doctor has met all the requirements and has distinguished himself as a very promising, passionate, and competent individual who could bring a lot of his expertise to bare on the country’s health sector, especially in this historic time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenting the committee report to the plenary, the Chairman of the Appointment Committee who doubles as the First Deputy Speaker, Mr Joseph Osei Owusu indicated that the Committee has duly considered the nomination of the President in line with the Constitution of Ghana and recommends him for approval by consensus.
The Minority Leader and Ranking Member on the Appointment Committee, Mr Haruna Iddrisu contributing to the issue also indicated that the Ledzokuku lawmaker has demonstrates grasps of the subject matter of his calling and other matters of national concern whenever he made a contribution on the floor of the House.
According to the minority Leader, Dr Okoe-Boye shows promise and has acquitted himself honourably at the Committee level during his vetting and therefore must be approved to contribute his quota to the Health sector.
He also reiterated the call for the substantive Minister to make good use of the expertise of the nominee by readily engaging him in the activities of the Ministry.
The Majority Leader and Leader of Government business in Parliament, Mr Osei-Kyei-Mensah Bonsu on his part, observed that the Ledzokuku MP is an epitome of an up and coming Member of Parliament who has distinguished and acquitted himself adequately.
“Mr. Speaker, the reason for his appointment is not raising any eyebrows at this point of the government is because it is very meritorious. He would bring value to the Ministry and expand his own frontiers,” he observed.
The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in his submission on the floor also showered a lot of praises on the Deputy Minister designate for his tenacity and competency for the Ministerial position.
He observed that the appointment by the President in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic was very timely and deserves to be commended.
The MP for Abuakwa South and Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, said he was not in doubt at all about the competence of the young Doctor he encountered at the Kibi hospital some few years ago.
“His deep knowledge on the COVID-19 matters and others at the vetting was very revealing and insightful. I have no doubt the member will do his best to assist the Minister,” he said and urged the Minister to give him all the support required.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Bagbin, use the occasion to correct the impression created that the appointment of MP for a Ministerial position is an elevation.
According to him, it is a service to the nation and not an elevation.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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