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29.01.2005 General News

Appointments committee of Parliament commended

By GNA

Tamale, Jan. 29, GNA - Mr Albert Atutiga, Acting Northern Regional Chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP) on Saturday commended the Appointments Committee of Parliament for a satisfactory work done when it successfully vetted the first batch of the President's nominees for Ministerial positions.

"The Appointments Committee needs commendation for their satisfactory work during the vetting, which they did not allow their political interest to reflect in the process," he said in an interview with the was a further boost in strengthening the country's infant democracy and advised members of the committee to continue to exhibit the same spirit during Parliamentary deliberations to win international admiration. He said the way the Ministers designate were quizzed in the open for the whole country judge their stewardship and for others to justify their capabilities when given the nod indicated that Ghana was on the good path of genuine democracy.

On the way questions were asked, the CPP chairman said it was satisfactory, but added that some of the questions were too personal, which the chairman of the Committee was always quick to overrule. Mr Atutiga said all answers that the nominees gave, including allegations against some of them were satisfactory and added that even those that could not perform well would not be a ustification that they could not perform if their nominations are approved.

He also commended the chairman, Mr Freddie Blay for his objective and the able manner he chaired the committee on the vetting process to a successful end and that the minority side of the committee, particularly the NDC members did not show their party's interest during the vetting. He advised them to keep and maintain the spirit since the nation's interest was more important than any political party in the country saying: "A formidable democracy is built from the opposition".

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