Minority leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has expressed displeasure at the failure of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to nominate ministers from the Upper East and Oti regions his list of 30 ministers-designate submitted to Parliament for vetting and possible approval.
In his opening remarks at the vetting of the nominees on Wednesday, the Tamale South Member of Parliament (MP) believes that appointees from all parts of the country should have been considered for the purposes of national unity and cohesion.
“What I find striking is that in the President’s nomination, and this is for purposes of national unity and recognizing the diversity of our country, the Upper East Region and the Oti Region are conspicuously lost in the long list of 30 ministers so far communicated to us. We don’t find any person from Upper East and Oti. For purposes of national unity, the president should take some clue as we begin this important process.”
Following the release of the list of ministers- designate, some residents of the Upper East Region have expressed worry saying the Akufo-Addo led government has not fairly treated the people of the region.
Many observed that the appalling performance of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the region during the 2020 general elections which saw the party winning just one parliamentary seat out of 15; could be responsible for the president’s decision not to appoint ministers from the Upper East.