The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in opposition is doing exceptionally well to keep the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government on its toes, says local governance expert, Issaka Amon Kotei.
In an exclusive interview with Original TV’s Akosua Asabea Asomaning, he brushed off claims the NDC Members of Parliament have become toothless bulldogs and turn the legislature into a rubber stamp to approve all government policies without strict scrutiny.
Minority MPs have been at the receiving end of some heavy criticisms over their recent activities.
The controversial approval of some minister designates believed to be incompetent attracted jabs from a section of Ghanaians including the National Communication Officer for the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi.
Also, the approval of the 2020 budget and economic policy statement muddied the waters for the opposition party.
Critics assert the party has failed to perform its mandate to put the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) on its toes.
But Amon Kotei holds the assertion the NDC party is doing its best in opposition to make the government accountable for its actions.
“Some would say some ministers don’t deserve the appointment. One would ask what the basis of the claim is. If one is a minister what’s the person’s role in the ministry?”
“The person directs the decision of the central government, human relations with the workers at the ministry. The person cannot embark on what he or she deems better. Everything is from central government, especially when cabinet takes a decision and it about your ministry you carry it out,” the local governance expert said on Hot Seat.
“If the opposition rejects an incompetent government nominee and a competent person is replaced, how would you as an opposition party win power? Amon Kotei quizzed and continued “You have to approve in order for the person to perform abysmally. It’s all politics.”
“In the political circle there are so many things that take place observing from away you will say they couldn’t do their mandate,” he averred.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana