Parliament Vets Minister, Deputy Minister Designate to Gender Ministry

by Isaac Mintah
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Parliament of Ghana, Accra –  The Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu and Members of the Committee today vet the Minister designate to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Lariba Zuweira Abudu and her Deputy Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah respectively.

According to the Chairman of the Committee the nominations of the Ministers was referred to the Appointments Committee on 13th August 2022, by Speaker Bagbin for consideration and report.

Hon. Lariba Zuweira Abudu who is currently the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection was questioned on how she would use her influence to push for the speedy passage of the Affirmative Action Bill, the increment of the School Feeding fee per child, support for women and children on the street and the poor treatment to women perceived to be witches.

The Deputy Minister designate Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah, on her part used the opportunity to clarify a conflict of interest petition by a citizen against her as the Board Chair of National Youth Authority.

According to her, the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) wrote to her to respond why the National Youth Authority would purchase sanitizers worth three million Ghana Cedis from Adonko Company Limited of which she is a shareholder and which belongs to her biological father.

Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah who is also the MP for Kwabre East, explained further that the Board approved three million Ghana Cedis for National Youth Authority to buy items for the COVID and related activities and she had no idea some of the sanitizers where bought from Adonko Company Limited. She also recounted her achievements as the Board Chair at the National Youth Authority.

Chiefs, Constituency Executives, family members and well wishers were in Parliament to support the Ministers designate.

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