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Opare-Ansah: Reshuffle Gender Minister

The call by Opare-Ansah comes eight months after the president asked Cecilia Abena Dapaah to act as the caretaker minister at the ministry “until further notice”

Frederick Opare-Ansah, a general secretary aspirant of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has reiterated calls for the substantive Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Sarah Adwoa Safo, to be reshuffled.

His call comes eight months after the president asked Cecilia Abena Dapaah to act as the caretaker minister in charge of the portfolio “until further notice”.

However, talking to the sit-in host of The Asaase Breakfast Show Benjamin Offei-Addo on Tuesday (21 June 2022), Opare-Ansah called for further engagement with the Dome-Kwabenya MP over her continuous absence from Parliament.

“For me, that [her position as Gender Minister] is the easiest because it’s by appointment,” said Opare-Ansah, a former MP for Suhum. “There have been so many calls for a reshuffle in that department, and I will support that any day.

“But first, let us be sure that that is not probably going to worsen the situation. That is why I talked about having proper [political] engagement [with her],” he said.

Listen to Frederick Opare-Ansah in the audio clip attached below: 

 

 

Watch the full interview with Frederick Opare-Ansah in the video attached below:

Privileges committee to publish Safo’s absenteeism summons

The chairman of the privileges committee of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Wusu, has directed that the summons for the MP for Dome-Kwabenya, Adwoa Safo, to appear before the committee over protracted absenteeism should now be published in the media.

In March a former MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, petitioned Parliament over the continuous absence of four lawmakers – Sarah Adwoa Safo, the MP for Dome-Kwabenya, Henry Quartey, the MP for Ayawaso Central, Kennedy Agyapong (Assin Central) and Ebenezer Kojo Kum (Ahanta West).

A statement issued and signed by the director of public affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo, said all attempts to reach the Dome-Kwabenya MP have proven futile.

“This comes after all attempts to reach the Honourable Member by the committee failed,” Addo said in a statement dated 14 June.

“The summons form[s] part of the committee’s work, referred to it by the Speaker, Rt Hon Alban Bagbin, pursuant to Article 97(1)(c) of the constitution, and Orders 15 and 16 (1) of the Standing Orders of Parliament, for consideration and report to the House, on the absence of the member from Parliament for more than 15 sittings, without permission in writing to the Speaker, during the first meeting of the second session of the eight parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana,” the statement said.

 

Fred Dzakpata

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