Ghana’s Parliament has approved the Composition of the Business Committee and Appointments Committee of the 7th Parliament.
In accordance with Article 103 of the 1992 constitution and Order 151 (1) of the Standing Orders of the House, the Committee of Selection was appointed on Tuesday, the 10th of January, 2017, to compose the Standing, Select and other Committees of the House.
Pursuant to Order 151 (2) of the Standing Orders of the House, the Committee met on the aforementioned date, and composed the Business Committee and Appointments Committee, in accordance with Orders 160 and 172 respectively.
In its deliberations, the Committee was guided by the formula adopted by the House, on the same date, for the composition of Membership of Committees, Parliamentary delegations and other Parliamentary groups and associations.
The Committee was also guided by Article 103 (5) of the 1992 Constitution and Order 154 of the Standing Orders of the House, which require that the composition of the Committees shall as much as possible reflect the different shades of opinion in Parliament.
The membership of the Appointments Committee is made up of 26 members, with the first deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu and the minority leader of the House, Haruna Iddrisu, as its chairman and ranking member, respectively. The Appointment Committee, which is also known as the Vetting Committee of the House, will vet the nominees for various ministerial portfolios from the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The Business Committee, which comprises 20 lawmakers, has the majority leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and his deputy, Sarah Adwoa Safo, as its chairman and chairperson, respectively. The minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu is a ranking member on the Committee.
‘Mr Speaker, the Committee recommends to the House to adopt this report and approve the Membership of the Business Committee and Appointments Committee as composed on the approved ratio of 169:106’, the majority leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said this on the floor of the House.