Mr Speaker, I beg to second the Motion and to make some comments on the nominees.
Mr Speaker, by the Report, the five nominees who appeared before the Committee performed creditably and by the Constitution of the nation, they are qualifed to be Ministers of State.
Mr Speaker, the first nominee, in the person of Hon Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, made a lot of contributions, which endeared himself to the Committee. One issue that he raised, which I would want to comment on, is the issue of the election and appointment of Distr ict Chief Executives (DCEs).
Mr Speaker, the issue is that though the Constitution Review Commission has made recommendations, yet this nominee found it necessary to comment on what is already existing, that the nomination or election of DCE, is an issue which we need to look at. This is because in some areas, where we have diverse leadership in some districts, in order to balance the equation in the district, there is always need for consultation and election of people who, in one way or other, will contribute to the advancement of the district.
Mr Speaker, he also commented on the issue of internally generated funds (IGFs). Mr Speaker, in most of our districts, what we normally see is that,
some of the District Assemblies wait until the District Assemblies Common Fund is released; they do not do much on their own to generate funds to administer the districts. This is an area which he dwelled on, to say that the District Assemblies need to generate their own funds to work for the success of the Assembly.
Mr Speaker, as I said, the Report indicates that all the five nominees performed creditably to our satisfaction.
The issue that was raised about Nana Oye Lithur (Mrs) on the issue of homosexuality, Mr Speaker, she answered the question on the basis of her profession, just like any other professional. A doctor who is faced with the situation to provide service for anybody who has found himself needing services just like a Lawyer, as she is, she would provide service to anybody whose rights need to be protected.
On that basis, we see her as somebody who spoke on the issue of her profession and in that wise, it is an issue on which we need to comment. This is because the nominee thinks that so far as her profession is concerned, what is necessary is that she must render service to humanity as far as human rights are concerned.
Mr Speaker, having said all these, I believe that these five people who were nominated by His Excellency the President have performed well and we need to give them the necessary support to administer this country in consultation with the His Excellency the President of the nation. I therefore, call upon the whole House to give her the necessary support, so that the good they have in their mind can be given to the nation.
With these few words, I call upon all Hon Members to support and recommend
them for appointment as Ministers of State.