towards the building of an ultra-modern store complex when he was an Assemblyman for the Tikobo No.1 Electoral Area, the nominee informed the Committee that though Nana Namoaka Arinze III gave out the land for the construction of the ultra-modern store complex, he does not own shares in the project.
According to him, Mr Albert Tandoh, the Asafohene of Tikobo No.1 and himself are the shareholders. They however, hold the property in trust for the chiefs, the elders and the community. He affirmed to the Committee that there exists an affidavit to that effect.
He intimated that members of the community did not contribute towards the construction of the store complex, rather, members of the community (residents of Tikibo no.1), who were interested in renting the stores paid an amount of GH¢2,500 and GH¢3,500 paid by non- residents.
He told the Committee that an account was opened with the Jomoro Rural Bank into which potential tenants paid in rent, but he had to close down the account when the bank failed to grant them a loan. He thereafter opened a new account with a different bank which was willing to grant them the loan.
Challenges of the Chieftaincy Institution
When asked to state some of the challenges facing the chieftaincy institution and how he would assist the Minister address them, the nominee listed lack of funding for the judicial committees of the National and Regional Houses of Chiefs and the practice where some chiefs engaged in partisan politics as some of the challenges confronting the institution.
He affirmed his support to the Minister in whatever strategies he would come up with to address challenges that the chieftaincy institution may face.
Support to his Minister to address chieftaincy disputes
On how he would assist the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to address the various chieftaincy disputes, the nominee assured the Committee that his experience as an Assembly Member and an elder of the Pentecost Church had sufficiently equipped him to assist the Minister in that endeavour.
The Committee recommends to the House for the approval by consensus the nomination of Hon Paul Essien for appointment as Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
Hon Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah -- Deputy Minister-designate for Health
Ms Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah was born on 23rd January, 1964 in JamesTown (British Accra). She started school at Amamomo 1 Primary from 1970-1975. She continued at the Chorkor Primary for a year and also had two years Middle School education at the Mamprobi Girls Middle School. She got admission into Accra Girls Secondary School, from 1979 to 1984 where she obtained her GCE O' Level Certificate.
She became a beautician after obtaining a diploma in a modern Hair dressing course organised by the Ghana Institute of Hairdressing and Beauty Culture at Mamprobi, from 1978 to 1988. She holds a BSc Public Administration
from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in 2013.
Madam Tina Mensah started work in 1988 as the Chief Executive Officer of Tina Boutique and Beauty Saloon till 1993. She worked as the Managing Director of Gimens Company Limited at Mamprobi from 2001 to 2007 and moved to Help FM as a Deputy Director, Takoradi in 2007.
The nomine did her national service at the Akawe Government Hospital in 2014.
The nominee stood on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party for the 2016 National election and won her seat and was sworn- in as Member of Parliament for Weija Gbawe Constituency on the 10 th of January, 2017.
Madam Tina Mensah has served in a number of capacities in the New Patriotic Party. She has held positions like Deputy National Women's Organiser, National Women's Secretary and other key positions. She is a member of the Danquah -Busia Memorial Club.
She has participated in various conferences and capacity building programmes organised by the NPP, both in local and international circles.
Hon Tina Mensah currently serves on the Health and Standing Orders Committees in Parliament.
Responses to Questions
National Health Insurance Scheme's indebtedness
The Hon Nominee in her response on how to resolve the indebtedness of the NHIS said, the Hon Minister was aware of the challenges and that the said amount had also been captured in the 2017 budget. She told the Committee that the
indebtedness would be cleared when budget releases are made.
Responsibilities of the Minister
The Hon Nominee informed the Committee on the responsibilities of the Minister, among others to include overseeing the agencies under the Ministry. The nominee mentioned some of the agencies under the Ministry.
Allegations of misuse of money for bridge
The Hon Nominee in responding to allegations that she had misappropriated an amount of money intended for the construction of a bridge in the Weija Constituency, informed the Committee that her recollection of the facts on the allegation was that during her campaign she raised money to support some projects in her constituency.
She constructed a bridge out of her own volition. She told the Committee that she was not accountable to any person on how she raised the funds or how it was to be spent and that she used the funds she raised in support of projects as her contribution to her constituency.
Issues of her temperament
The Nominee in response to how she would comport herself as a Deputy Minister with respect to her temperament, promised she would work with her Minister in a cordial manner to ensure the progress of the Ministry.
The Committee recommends that the House approves by consensus the nomination of Hon Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah for appointment as Deputy Minister for health.
Hon (Dr) Ziblim Iddi -- Deputy Minister- designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture
Dr Ziblim Iddi was born in September, 1967 at Gushegu in the Northern Region. He attended the Gushegu Local Authority Primary and Middle Schools, from 1972 to 1981. He proceeded to the Northern School of Business, Tamale, from 1981 to1982. He had his GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates at the Ghana Secondary School, Tamale, in 1986 and 1988 respectively.
He gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon in 1991 to pursue Political Science with Classical History and Civilisation and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994. The nominee did his national service as the first National Service Coordinator at the Gushegu / Karaga District in 1990. He had the opportunity to participate in students' festival in Norway at the University of Trondheim.
In 1995 he returned to Ghana, did his Post Graduate national service with the Organisation for Export Development of Seafood (OEDS) Tema. In 1998 he attended Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, Ga, where he had his Master 's Degree in International Development in 2004 and his doctorate degree in Political Science in 2007. He was a recipient of the Ford Foundation scholarship from 2004 to 2006.
He also worked as sales and customer service clerk, at Harries Teeter Grocery Store, Atlanta, GA, USA in 1997, and worked as a Library Assistant, Fulton County Public Library, Atlanta, GA, USA in August 1998. He again did his
internship as a Project Officer at the Carter Centre, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 1999.
The nominee rose through the ranks as a Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant of Clark Atlanta University in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Upon his return to Ghana after his doctorate, the nominee worked as a Lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Legon from 2008 to December 2016.
The nominee stood for election on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party and was voted to represent the people of Gushegu Constituency in December 2016. He is currently the Member of Parliament for the Gushegu Constituency since 10th January,
The Hon Nominee has had a number of professional experiences and is a member of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and of good standing since July 2009 to date. He has a number of publications to his credit, among which are, “Conducting a Peaceful, free and fair general elections in Ghana” and “Peace education and election -- related violence in Ghana's 2008 general elections”. He has also presented various papers, notable among them being “Politics and Chieftaincy in Dagbon” and “African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
The Hon Nominee was once the President of Gushegu Students Union and a patron of Voice of Rumour (VOR) while at the University of Ghana, Legon. The nominee is the Deputy Ranking Member of the Subsidiary Legislation and a member of the Works and Housing Committees of Parliament.
Responses to Questions
“Conducting a peaceful, free and fair General Elections in Ghana”
The nominee in shedding light on his publication “Conducting a peaceful, free
and fair general elections in Ghana” informed the Committee that he wrote that publication during the run off to the 2008 elections when he was a consultant at the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) and was working on election related violence.
He informed the Committee that in his work, he had the opportunity to gather data which he thought would help in his academic work if he put them together as an article to be published in the University Journals.
He said the publication was on issues that touched on the nerves of the electorate during elections. In his publication he sought to show how education on election related violence could impact positively on peaceful elections. He stressed the need to educate the youth constructively not to allow themselves to be used as political tools for violence during elections. He further stated that conflicts were bound to come, however, teaching students to use international diplomacy would promote peace.
Tourism in Ghana
The nominee in responding to how to boost Ghana's tourism inflows said, tourism is the fourth foreign exchange earner for the country. He said his Minister 's passion for the industry showed he was in safe hands and hoped to support the Minister in her policy implementations to drive tourism in the country.
He further stated that the post- Kintampo waterfall tragedy was a wakeup call and expressed his condolence to the bereaved families. He said the Ministry would establish destination management organisations with key stakeholders who
would be charged with the responsibility to safeguard tourist sites. He informed the Committee that the Minister had ordered an audit of all tourist sites.
Patron of “Voice of Rumour” Club
The nominee in a response to a question that he belonged to a club which spreads falsehood said, as a lecturer, he was a patron to a youth group known as “Voice of Rumour” that seeks to establish the truth. He mentioned that the word “Rumour” was an acronym and does not mean rumour as in the dictionary. He also believes that falsehood only bullies the truth but can never replace the truth.
Hospitality service providers in Ghana
The nominee agreed to the assertion that Ghana is not yet where it is supposed to be in the hospitality industry. He informed the Committee that the Minister was engaging the private sector to assist and create avenues for stakeholders of the hospitality industry to share best practices and to improve upon their service delivery. He promised to encourage the public and provide the opportunity for good sanitation and alternative lifestyles to protect the environment and keep Ghana clean.
Arts industry and intellectual property protection
The nominee said the creative arts industry as part of the Ministry, happened in 2013 when it was brought under the purview of the Ministry. He promised to assist the Minister in tracking all legislations needed to strengthen and protect the intellectual property that is exhibited in the industry.
He said there were plans to establish a fund to support the industry. He told the Committee that tourism is founded on