Mr Speaker, while Parliament remains accountable to the people of Ghana who remain sovereign, it is also important that they appreciate what we do at the level of the Appointments Committee. While we would continue to respect protocols, kings and queenmothers and others, it is also important that they cooperate with the work of your Committee in order that the Appointments Committee would operate in an environment where there is sobriety, and we could elucidate the kinds of questions that we demand from nominees to satisfy, not just a legal requirement, but a moral requirement to lead this country in the capacity of an Hon Minister or Hon Deputy Minister of State.
Therefore it is important that we do not personalise what it is that the Hon Chairman of the Committee insisted under your direction, that limited number of spaces be allocated to nominees, and that they are accompanied by persons not exceeding 10; at most 12. That is our collective decision as a House, to sanitise the work of the Appointments Committee, while we reserve the right to work in a manner that a Committee of Parliament should do.
Mr Speaker, I also noted that in some instances, discrepancies in the names submitted by the President against what appears on the Curriculum Vitas (CVs) that the nominees submitted, but that is normal and usual to our practice. If we refer to the President's letters of 27th and
28th February, 2019 which got to you on 1st March, 2019 —
Mr Speaker, generally, we look at the requirements of who qualifies to be a Minister of State under article 94 of the Constitution. Once a nominee is an Hon MP, even the attitude of the Committee to the vetting process cannot be the same as for an outsider because as an MP, one would have satisfied the basic requirements of article 94, except where there is compelling evidence on any matter that borders on one's integrity, loyalty or disloyalty to the State and the Republic.
Mr Speaker, I would generally want to congratulate Hon Colleagues. I would not be able to go through the long list as the Hon Chairman has done. Particularly, Mr Speaker, I would note Hon Naana Eyiah, Hon Deputy Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources, and wish her well in supporting the Hon Minister for Lands and Natural Resources to allow for faster processes of land documentation.
Mr Speaker, yesterday, you engaged leadership on the ease of doing business. The process in the acquisition of land and the time spent by investors are some of those indices that are used to measure -- We were in St Petersburg, Russia, with Naana Eyiah and she demonstrated interest in matters that affect women.
Mr Speaker, Hon Sampson Ahi has spoken to my own Northern Region. We need to have a national conversation as a country on 126 Ministers of State for the 16 regions of Ghana, the combined effect of articles 78 and 256 of the Constitution. We need to make a clear distinction. It reflected in the President's letter -- decentralise Hon Ministers, as envisaged under article 256 of the Regional Coordinating Councils, and they would be assisted.
Mr Speaker, for instance, just as today we have the Hon Northern Regional Minister assisted by Hon Solomon Boar, who has been elevated to a Minister; yet, the two of them oversaw that Ministry. Because that Ministry has been divided into three -- Savannah, North East and Northern, we have additional Ministers and their Hon Deputies.
The world has moved beyond quantitative numbers. We should look at qualitative numbers, and that is what public sector reform is all about. Hon Ministers are political heads.
Mr Speaker, I would want to commend Hon Solomon Boar, but he has work to do. The road infrastructure between Bunkpurugu, Nankpanduri and others, and beyond Nalerigu is nothing to write home about.
Mr Speaker, he has to keep the peace and unity of the people of Walewale, Nalerigu and Gambaga, noting the historical role that Gambaga
plays in the northern territories -- the denial of regional capital and what that consequence would mean to him.
Mr Speaker, specifically, I note two gentlemen, Hon Kofi Amoakohene and Hon Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah. They are fine gentlemen. As young as they are, they hold promises. Theirs is to support the President to succeed.
Mr Speaker, I would give this free advice; the Government should focus on the development of the poultry and cashew industries in the Brong Ahafo Region. If that is their share of the One District, One Factory (1D1F), the Government should provide them the resources so that young people would be free.
Apart from locating Techiman as a major business hub for that Region, I would also note the dangerous curves that contribute to accidents and other things.
Mr Speaker, to Hon Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the work he did with his Hon Minister as the Deputy Minister for Aviation [Interruption] -- I know that very soon, work would commence on the expansion of Kumasi and Tamale Airports. He now goes to head the Western Region. As Hon Sampson Ahi pointed out, the Western Region and its consequent division, Western North Region, contribute so much to our national kitty by way of cocoa.
The matter of cocoa roads and the politics of audit -- If one does an audit and there are people to punish,