Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, a Caretaker Minister of information, has responded to Mr Haruna Iddrisu, NDC Caucus Chief in Parliament’s assertion that, it was unlawful for the President to nominate ‘Caretaker Ministers’.
In a message on his Twitter web page, Mr Oppong Nkrumah mentioned, “The Presidential Transition Act, handed in 2012 Part 14(5) is a brand new provision that empowers a new President to do new issues that were previously illegal”.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah posted a portion of the Presidential Transition Act, 2012 (845), with Part 14(5) stipulating that “earlier than the idea of workplace of the incoming Minister, an individual so appointed by the President shall be in control of the related Ministry however shall not take a choice involving a coverage situation besides within the Ministry of Justice the place the Solicitor-Normal shall be in control of the Ministry “.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo after his investiture on January 7, 2021, appointed Caretaker Ministers to carry the fort pending the substantive appointments.
This follows the expiration of his first time period and the graduation of his second four-year time period on January 7, 2021.
The motion is in accordance with the Presidential Transition Act, 2012, (Act 845), to keep away from gaps within the working of state affairs.
Dependable sources from the Presidency mentioned Mrs Akosua Frema Osei-Opare had been requested to behave because the Chief of Employees, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta to act as Finance Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen as Minister of Commerce and Trade, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, as Minister of Defence, and Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, as Minister of Nationwide Safety.
The remainder are Mr Ambrose Dery, appearing as Minister of the Inside, Hajia Alima Mahama, appearing as Minister of Native Authorities and Rural Improvement, and Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as Minister of Data.
Mr Eugene Arhin can also be to act as Director of Communications on the Presidency.
Nonetheless, Mr Haruna Iddrisu argued in a media interview that the President’s appointment of caretaker ministers was unconstitutional and illegal and cited a Supreme Courtroom ruling between Mr J.H Mensah versus Legal professional-Normal in 1997 as the idea for his argument.
Mr Iddrisu alluded to the truth that the nation’s apex courtroom dominated in 1997 that “there’s nothing like appearing or holding minister”.
However Mr Oppong Nkrumah, in his tweet, sought to disagree with Mr Iddrisu’s assertion, noting that the Presidential Transition Act was a brand new legislation that allowed the President to nominate Caretaker Ministers as said in Part 14(5) of the Act.
The Caretaker Ministers have been advised to not take selections involving coverage points.
They’ve additionally been notified to be guided by a memo issued by the then Chief of Employees and Chairperson of the Presidential Transition Staff, Madam Osei-Opare, in December 2020, which requested ministers to not signal any new mortgage agreements, have interaction monetary commitments and recruitment of everlasting administration personnel in the course of the transition interval.