Let’s use 8th Parliament to cap ministers a president can pick – Haruna Iddrisu

Speaker of Parliament, (M) flanked by Majority Leader (R) and Minority Leader
Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has called on the leadership of Parliament to work on a legislation to put a limit on the number of ministers a president can appoint.

In his view, limiting the number of ministers to be appointed will protect the public purse from being dissipated by a large-sized government.

He said this on Wednesday, February 10 at the start of vetting of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nominees.

“It is my considered view that we use the 8th Parliament to set a limit for the president on the size of government for Ghana, generally, to protect the public purse,” the Tamale South Member of Parliament (MP) said.

He further questioned why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo did not select ministers from the Oti and Upper East regions in his list of 30 ministers-designate submitted to Parliament for vetting and possible approval.

The Ranking Member of the Appointments Committee said for the purposes of national unity and cohesion, appointees from these parts of the country should have made it onto the list of the President.

“What I find striking is that in the president’s nomination, and this is for purposes of national unity and recognizing the diversity of our country, the Upper East Region and the Oti Region are conspicuously  lost in the long list of 30 ministers so far communicated to us. We don’t find any person from Upper East and Oti [regions].

“For purposes of national unity, the president should take some clue as we begin this important process.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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