The Appointments Committee of Parliament is set to vet the Deputy Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
This was disclosed by the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu.
He said this in an interview on Eyewitness News today, Wednesday.
“The Speaker suspended the meeting again. It [sitting] is not done because the Appointments Committee after meeting this afternoon has decided that they are going to vet the President’s nominee, in the person of Dr. Okoe Boye next week Wednesday. If they do, Parliament will have to be summoned again to deal with his matter possibly Thursday or Friday,” the Majority Leader noted.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday announced the appointment of the Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku, Dr. Okoe Boye as a Deputy Health Minister-designate.
He is to take over from Alexander Abban, MP for Gomoa West, who has been moved to the Communications Ministry as a Deputy Minister.
Mr. Abban also takes over from Vincent Sowah Odotei “whose appointment, as Deputy Minister for Communications, has been revoked by the President”, a statement from the Presidency announced.
“President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the vetting of the Deputy Minister-designate for Health, so he can assume his office as quickly as possible. The President thanks Hon. Vincent Sowah Odotei for his services to the country, and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” the statement signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency added.
Okoe-Boye pledges to give his all
Meanwhile, Dr. Okoe Boye has pledged to fully dedicate his time and energies towards the new task he has been given.
In his first public statement following his appointment, he said on The Point of View that he was ready to give his all in his new capacity.
While thanking President Akufo-Addo “for the honour”, he said he will ensure that he brings to bear his experience as a health professional.
Dr. Okoe Boye, prior to the latest appointment was the Board Chairman of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.