The deputy ministerial nomination of Gifty Twum-Ampofo has been approved by consensus by Parliament after the Deputy Education Minister-designate met the Minority caucus on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in the company of some leaders of the Majority caucus.

The House has also approved 11 other Deputy Minister nominees.

They include Mark Okraku Mantey – Tourism and Creative Arts Ministry.

The rest are Bright Wireko Brobbey- Employment Ministry, Michael Okyere Baafi – Trade and Industry Ministry, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam – Energy Ministry, Stephen Jaliyah – Roads and Highways Ministry, Thomas Mbomba – Foreign Affairs Ministry, Herbert Krapa – Trade and Industry Ministry, Fatimatu Abubakar – Information Ministry, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah – Attorney General and Justice Ministry, and Mahama Seini – Health Ministry.

Twum-Ampofo’s approval was frozen when the second approval list of the Appointments Committee of Parliament came out.

Those in her cohort – the second batch of vetted nominees – however, got approved.

There was a stalemate among the members of the Appointments Committee over the Abuakwa North MP’s nomination after Tamale North MP Alhassan Suhuyini publicly announced his decision to vote against her for, in his view, the female legislator’s unsatisfactory answers relating to bribery allegations leveled against her during the New Patriotic Party’s 2020 parliamentary primary.

Mr Suhuyini said he was “disappointed in the nominee’s lack of candor and what seems to be a conscience that is dead to the threat of bribery and corruption to our democracy”.

However, both the Majority and Minority, on Tuesday, reached a consensus to approve the nomination of Madam Ampofo.

So far, 35 of the deputy ministers and one Minister of State have been approved, with four more yet to be approved.