Parliament has approved by consensus President John Dramani Mahama’s nominees for deputy regional ministerial positions.
The appointees, who were approved in accordance with the 1992 constitution and standing orders of the House, are Andrews Osei Okrah, deputy minister-designate for Ashanti region and Dr. Robert Bella Kuganab-Lem, Upper East regional minister-designate.
Moving the motion for the adoption of the 18th report of the Appointments Committee on the nominees, on Thursday, Chairman of the Committee and First Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton Oduro, said the nominees adequately responded to the questions and demonstrated knowledge of supporting the substantive Ministers.
He said the deputy Ashanti regional minister-designate, Andrews Osei Okrah responded to questions on measures to make agriculture attractive to the youth and curbing illegal small scale mining (galamsey) in the region.
Mr. Okrah, he said, also responded to questions on execution of the court order on the Agogo Fulani herdsmen issues, appreciation of the nature of a position of a deputy minister, challenges confronting Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and measures to address water pollution.
Other questions the nominee responded to were in relation to how the illegal logging in the region could be addressed, industrialisation in the region, youth empowerment, performance of the Student Loan Trust and upholding ethics and values in the administration of the region.
He pointed out that the deputy minister-designate for the Upper East Region on his part, responded to questions on the poverty levels in the region, proliferation of illegal small arms, maintenance of peace and security and his views on the performance of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority.
Other questions the nominee answered were on the implementation of one-time premium under the National Health Insurance Scheme, reducing the incidence of maternal mortality and operations of the Regional Security Council and the District Assembly.
Members of Parliament (MPs) in a contribution to the motion urged the nominees to work hard to improve the living conditions of the residents of their respective regions.
Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah)