Mr. Kofi Bentil senior Vice President of IMANI Africa, has said that, the Appointment committee should reject unfit ministerial appointees who woefully fail to impress the Ghanaian public. “I have a hope that some of the nominees who do not show they are fit for the job will be rejected by the panel members because that is their job. “It has happened before in our history,” he stated. Mr. Bentil said the Appointments Committee is mandated by law to reject nominees whose submissions fail to indicate well-thought plans to assist President Akufo-Addo in his second term.
“You can see from the attitudes of some appointees that there were times they got irritated; there were times they got almost angry. There were times they were even throwing answers back to the members on the panel.” The Lawyer then mentioned the likes of; Communications Minister-designate Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minster-designate for Food and Agriculture, Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Energy Minister-designate Matthew Opoku Prempeh.
“I think there were times they felt or talked as if they were being harassed. As if, who are you to ask me that question and they gave all kinds of answers, ” he added.
”Those people questioning them are doing so on behalf of citizens.
The office of the citizens is the highest. There is nothing wrong in saying a question is inappropriate or wrong or even correcting the person.
“There are times where questions are wrong. The whole thing is the attitude. I think that people come to this thing and they are looking at the person that is asking the question.
“They should look at the citizens behind. It is similar to being interviewed by a journalist. Whenever you are interviewed by a journalist, you are actually speaking to the nation. So I think those who present themselves for appointment must appreciate that,” he stated.