Parliament’s Appointment Committee has recommended the approval of Deputy Minister-designate for Energy, Andrew Egyapa Mercer less than 24 hours after the Minority MPs on the Committee deferred his approval by the House.
A Committee member earlier insisted on the suspension of the nomination due to some unfavorable answers to questions posed by members of the Committee in relation to the botched PDS deal in which he acted as a Director and a Secretary for TG solutions, one of the parties to the deal.
Upon further deliberations, the said member has discontinued the pursuit of allegations of conflict of interest and perjury. In an interview Mahama Ayariga indicated that;
“If you disagree with the way a Minister labels a transaction which is a legal document, for me, it is a matter of opinion about a legal document. It is not the kind of issue that I will withhold my consent to the approval of somebody as a Deputy Minister. The Committee is therefore recommending him.”
According to him, the members who had issues with the nominee decided to take the issues up at a different forum.
“On the basis of technicalities, some of the people who were holding on with his approval came to a conclusion that the proper forum to raise this issue is the Privileges Committee and not at the Appointments Committee.”