The Minority in Parliament has entreated Ministers-designate by President Akufo-Addo to desist from presenting themselves as representatives of the President.

This comes on the back of Minister of Health designate, Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye embarking on inspections at health facilities in his capacity as the President’s representative.

In a statement signed by the ranking member of the Health Committee in Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh explained that it is illegal for Minister-designates should carry themselves as representative of the President.

“The Minister-designate who is only a nominee of the President has no authority whatsoever to instruct or direct, implement or propose policy changes for agencies within a sector ministry and therefore under what power or authority does he/she summon CEOs and other heads of institutions, who may be busy with their official schedules, to grant him audience or presentations on their management of state institutions?

“The Minority in Parliament would therefore like to advise the Chief of Staff to revoke all illegal appointments appointing Minister-designates as Representatives of the President.

“We further caution persons so appointed to stop holding themselves out as Representatives of the President to designated Ministries. We urge all members of the public, particularly public sector workers not to extend any privilege reserved for Ministers to such persons.”

Source: Ghana/