We can’t vet a nominee for an office we don’t know – Minority MPs on Appointments Committee

Minority legislators with Parliament’s Appointments Committee said they cannot be part of the vetting of Joseph Cudjoe, the Minister-designate for Public Enterprises.

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu said their objection is fundamental in the sense that Joseph Osei Owusu, the Chairman of the Committee gets in touch with the presidency to get them a formal correspondence regarding the Public Enterprises office.

“Even if it takes midnight with correspondence from the presidency we will be here to work. As we proceed there is no Ministry for Public Enterprises and our hands are tied because we should be assessing him based on the role he is going to play,” he said Tuesday.

He said per the Chairman’s ruling that the Committee can go ahead with the vetting and sort out the issue with the presidency later, they need to be clear of the purpose for which they are to do so.

The Tamale South MP said he wants to consult with his other colleagues in the Minority to decide what their next step will be if they don’t get “further and better particulars to proceed with the vetting”.

Earlier, the nominee was asked by the Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga what his mandate will be seeking clarity whether the office is about managing state enterprises and corporation.

Mr Cudjoe said his mandate is to ensure that Public Enterprises and Corporations for some time have been noted tp run their entities into loses so he steps in to prevent such occurrences.

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