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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Minister designate: Zita is 'still' incompetent

Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, MP for Kpone Akatamanso
Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, MP for Kpone Akatamanso

Minister designate at the office of the president Nii Afotey Agbo has defended his accusations of the Information Minister as incompetent.

“Being a man of myself, whatever I said at that time I made my position very clear and as a politician you always have to listen to the people and know their complaints at any given time so that if you have to make a position, you make it clear. That was my position and I still stand by it,” he said during his vetting by Parliament’s Appointment Committee on Wednesday.

President Mills nominated the Kpone Katamanso MP for the vacant position following the resignation of Seidu Amadu over allegations he took a bribe from British construction firm, Mabey and Johnson.

Afotey Agbo, prior to his nomination accused Information Minister, Zita Okaikoi of being incompetent and charged the president to sack her if she was not going to resign.

And when he appeared at the Speaker’s Conference Room on Wednesday for his vetting, the minister designate said his comments were not to attack the person of the sector minister, but to present an objective opinion on her performance.

When the committee chairman, Doe Adjaho asked if he had any regrets for making such a comment, the rather confident nominee showed no signs of remorse.

He is not perturbed about the possibility of a personality clash that may arise if he is approved by parliament.

He said however that his criticisms of her was not out of sour grapes after being left out of the first batch of ministerial appointments.

When the minority leader and deputy chairman of the committee, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu asked about his area of specialty, Nii Afotey Agbo, nicknamed The Lion, said he will prefer to work in conflict areas.

Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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