Mr Speaker, the Hon Deputy Minister-designate for Roads and Highways, Hon Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, demonstrated considerable knowledge and competence. We are certain that he would assist the Hon Minister to improve the road infrastructure and make Ghana a proud hub of transportation in West Africa.
Mr Speaker, what was reassuring of him was his communication to the effect that, he would ensure value for money. More importantly, for him to work with the Ministry of Finance to improve the conditions in the commencement certificates that they grant; they deny contractors mobilisation and they also do
not pay contractors their delayed payments with accrued interests. Mr Speaker, he has our support by consensus.
Mr Speaker, our Hon Colleague, Hon Patricia Appiagyei, who is the Hon Deputy Minister-designate for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, is a very calm person, she has earned her respect and she is self-respecting.
Mr Speaker, our Hon women remain an inspiration to many, because not many women would accept the rigors of Ghanaian politics, but for her to accept it, from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) through a Deputy Regional Minister and now to a Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, we trust that she would situate and mainstream science and technology in our national development efforts, and to encourage in particular science and mathematics education. By consensus, she therefore has our support.
Mr Speaker, with the young nominees, Hon Godfred Dame and Hon Kpemka, going to assist the Hon Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, also have some knowledge of the law. Again, they assured us that they would ensure that they administer the law which safeguards the rights and freedoms of Ghanaians. We are mindful that continuously, there are breaches to fundamental human freedoms and human rights, which undermine the integrity of our commitment.
My disagreement with them was their individual views on the special and Independent Prosecutor. I still hold a strong view, but we looked forward to what Government wants to do with it. But we want to assure the public that we on this side of the House, have no objection,
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and we would fully support the appointment of a Special Independent Prosecutor, but it must be done to sit in tandem with the Constitution, in particular, article 88(3).
Mr Speaker, they also assured us that they would support their Minister to succeed.
Mr Speaker, this leads me to the Hon Darko-Mensah, the Deputy Minister- designate for Aviation who would also support his Minister. The Tamale International Airport and the Kumasi International Airport require some second phase initiatives to get those airports to come up to international standards. We are particularly interested in late evening and late night flights, particularly from Kumasi to Tamale to improve domestic travel.
Mr Speaker, he was working, as we picked up, on the Transition Committee on Energy, and he goes to support the Ministry of Aviation. We wish him well.
Mr Speaker, this leads me to Hon Osei Bonsu Amoah. I believe he would be the senior of the Deputy Ministers. Undoubtedly, Hon O. B. Amoah has distinguished himself as a Member of this House, particularly as the Hon Chairman of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee. He has been deep in terms of his work at that committee level, particularly in situating subsidiary legislation to parent legislation and ensuring that the subsidiary legislation sits in tandem with the parent Act of any legislation.
Mr Speaker, he would be assisting our sister, Hajia Alima Mahama at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. There is more work to do and again, we assure him that we remain
committed to deepening the principles and values of decentralisation, delegation and derogation of the powers at that level. We are again concerned, and we are looking at it; whether we are satisfying minimal requirements in terms of what should go into the District Assemblies Common Fund. Therefore, it is associated with the disbursement to sit with it.
Mr Speaker, the other nominee is Hon Mohammed Habib Tijani, the Deputy Minister-designate for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. He has our support, but we assured him that in some events in 2002, following the murder of Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani, when he was a District Chief Executive, he probably did not exercise proper diligence as the head of security of that area to have prevented that dastard murder act which tore Dagbon apart.
But as the Deputy Foreign Minister- designate, we say the President's foreign guests would be in his hand. So, this time, he must be very cautious and careful what role he plays, and how he acts with any intelligence he might have.
Mr Speaker, we also have the Hon Andah, the Deputy Minister-designate for Communications. Undoubtedly, he has a profound knowledge in the area. I worked with him in my capacity as the Hon Ranking Member and Minister for Communications when he worked with Scancom Limited (MTN Ghana), and
subsequently with Globacom Ghana Limited (GLO).
Mr Speaker, there are matters of digital migration which the country needs to take urgent attention of. We ought to have gone digital in the year 2016. We are in the year 2017, and that has not been completed. It has value improving for our digital spectrum, which could give us additional radio and television stations and improve quality.
Mr Speaker, we were also particular, giving his experience about the branding of the country, even though he may not necessarily be doing so. We know that the National Identification Authority (NIA) now comes under the Ministry of Communications. Our banking system requires that we have an established and verifiable data system.
We have the National Data Centre, which I commenced as the Minister for Communications. It has not been completed. Therefore, we should harmonise all the data; the Ghana Immigration Service holding to separate data, National Communication Authority to a separate data, telephone companies to a separate data. We need to harmonise the data, taking advantage of the National Data Centre.
Finally, Mr Speaker, let me comment on Mr Ahomka-Lindsay, the Deputy Minister-designate for Trade and Industry. By consensus, we approved him. We expect that Ghana would take full advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and then expand exports, particularly the textile sector.
Mr Speaker, the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations is here. I know that there was request from the
American Government for us to engage Kayayei in the textile industry to take advantage of the AGOA. He could liaise with his colleague Ministers so that Ghana could take maximum advantage of him to increase our export in that particular area.
Mr Speaker, foreign direct investment grew significantly under the President Mahama Administration, but much more could be done in situating Ghana as an attractive destination for it.
Mr Speaker, finally, our Colleague, Hon Titus-Glover, who is a member of the Appointments Committee. The Tema Mantse has also worked on the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism in Parliament, and has a lot of experience on how to support Small and Medium-scale Enterprises, the benefit of AGOA and related issues and for them to deal with the Chinese invasion of the domestic market.
Mr Speaker, today, we are all complaining about galamsey. Tomorrow, it would be its effects within our retail market. So, we should take a collective position.
Mr Speaker, generally, by consensus, we approve of these nominations, and I should state, that we expect that when Curriculum Vitae (CVs) are given to us, we are given enough time to do background checks. This is because it is in the interest of the nominee that no member of the Appointments Committee impugnes the integrity of a person for nothing. To be able to do so, we also need to be thorough.
Mr Speaker, in fact, as we approved the last nominations, there was a nominee that I had to deal with at the level of a foreign embassy to satisfy myself that the detail I got was right. We need time. In respect of one, the United Kingdom Data