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19.03.2009 Politics

More Ministers Approved

By Daily Guide
More Ministers Approved

Doe Adjaho, Chairman, Appointments C'ttee SEVEN DEPUTY MINISTERS designate have been approved by Parliament. They are Ruben Nii Nortey Dua, Minister designate for Youth and Sports, Henry Ford Kamel, Deputy Minister designate for Lands and Natural resources, John Gyetuah, Deputy Minister designate for Trade and Industry, Eric Opoku, Deputy Minister designate for Brong Ahafo region.

The rest are Kale Cezario, Deputy Minister designate for Upper West Region, Moses Mabengba, Deputy Minister designate for Northern region and Hawawu Boya Gariba, Deputy Minister designate for Women and Children's Affairs.

Before the approval of the Deputy Ministers, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu, appealed to people of northern descent to resolve their differences amicably rather than picking up arms against each other at the slightest provocation.

 Hon. Balado-Menu said, the way and manner northerners engaged in war, was an international embarrassment to northerners in particular and Ghanaians in general.

Hon. Balado-Menu said it was unfortunate that atrocities were been meted out to people from the Northern regions by their own people adding, “if there was going  to be war, one would have expected people from outside the North to be fighting and not brothers and sisters picking up arms at each others throat”.

He admitted that it was not only in the North that trouble often sparks since it exists in other regions. However, in the North, trouble degenerate into chaos, therefore they should learn how to resolve conflicts amicably from other regions.  

Commenting on an answer given by the Moses Mabengba, the Deputy Minister designate for Northern region to encourage district assemblies to form keep-fit clubs as a way of encouraging people to get involved in sports, Hon. Balado Manu said there was a time when people used keep-fit clubs to unleash mayhem and atrocities against their perceived political opponents.

Consequently, he urged the Minister to use his position to guide the clubs so that it would not degenerate into platforms against political opponents.

In his contribution, the MP for Juaboso, Sampson Ahi who congratulated the seven Ministers for their splendid performances, mentioned in particular, the Deputy Minister Designate for Brong Ahafo, Eric Opoku who he described as intelligent and dynamic saying, he is a great asset to support the Minister to administer the affairs of the region.

On his part, MP for Evalue-Gwira, Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku said the Deputy Minister designate for Women and Children's Affairs, Hawawu Boya Gariba's quest on child fostering and streetism was a laudable proposal which all women should support.

Wishing all the nominees well in their new portfolios, Hon. Afeku expressed the hope that the Deputy Minister designate for Lands and Natural Resources, Henry Ford Kamel would work tirelessly in the Ministry to ensure that Ghana's natural resources are protected.

By Sheilla Sackey and Awudu Mahama