The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has described Akufo-Addo’s deputy ministerial nominee for the energy sector as a ‘fine balance’.
Sulemana Braimah said on JoyNews’ Newsfile Saturday, that the appointment of Karaga MP, Mohammed Amin Adam who is knowledgeable and an expert in the energy sector is commendable especially at a time where the ministry is facing some difficulties.
Again, he noted that the legal background of William Owuraku Aidoo and Andrew Egyapa Mercer will help the sector especially in making deals and signing contracts.
“I am quite pleased with the nominations for energy for example because that is a major sector at a time when we are dealing with potential ‘dumsor’ and so on.
“To have Mohammed Amin Adam who is also an energy expert and has PhD in a field related to energy and both Owuraku Aidoo and Egyapa Mercer are lawyers and I believe that our oils sector has a lot of things to do with contract and so forth and so that is a fine balance,” he told host Samson Anyenini.
Satisfied with the pairing of the energy minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the three nominees, Mr Braimah indicated that he is hopeful that the combination will yield good results in the ministry.
“I am told someone like Matthew Opoku Prempeh aka NAPO is a go-getter, someone who is a doer so if you have him as a minister and then you have an energy expert as deputy and two other lawyers to back him up, I think that is a good arrangement,” he said.
His comment comes after President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday submitted to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, the names of his deputy ministerial nominees for vetting and subsequent approval.
So far a total number of 39 minister-designates are yet to be vetted and approved by the appointments committee.
Even though the Executive Director for MFWA commended Akufo-Addo on some ministerial pairing, he also expressed dissatisfaction with the grouping of nominees in the health ministry.
According to him, the health minister together with the nominees do not have a background in health.
This, he says is worrying especially in handling health related issues.
“I am quite disturbed or not too happy with health for example, where you have a substantial minister who doesn’t have a health background and the two deputy ministers who were nominated do not also have a health background and I was thought that as at this point where we are dealing with covid it would have been great to have someone who has expertise in a health policy who comes from the field.”
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