The Appointment Committee of parliament has approved the nomination of Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku constituency, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye as deputy health minister.
The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu earlier today, April 17, 2020 submitted to the house a report of the Appointment Committee of Parliament bidding for the approval of the MP as Deputy Health Minister.
As the entire house approved his appointment, some members of parliament expressed their pleasure over the MP’s appointment.
“He is going to the Health Ministry at a defining moment in history…The entire nation is looking forward to the young doctor helping the nation find a solution…We can only wish Dr. Oko-Boye well,” MP for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said as he contributed to discussions on the floor ahead of approval.
“There is an impression that Dr. Okoe-Boye is a COVID-19 Minister…it is not so. He is being nominated as a Deputy Health Minister and we shouldn’t be fixated with the whole issue of COVID-19…I want that impression corrected,” MP for Abuakwa South Samuel Atta Akyea told the House.
“I have no doubt that he will serve in that position very well,” the Minister for Works and Housing added.
Earlier this month President Akufo-Addo, nominated Dr. Okoe Boye as Deputy Health Minister-designate. Prior to his nomination as the deputy health minister-designate, the 38-year-old medical professional was the board chairman of the Korle-bu teaching hospital.
The president demanded that parliament speeds up his approval so he can support the government’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus situation.
The MP was vetted on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by the Appointment Committee after parliament was recalled from suspension to approve his nomination.
Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye congratulated Dr. Okoe-Boye after the House approved his appointment.
Dr.Okoe Boye is expected to take over from Mr. Alexander Abban who has been moved to the communications ministry.
Okoe Boye Pledges
The MP during his vetting pledged to build a stronger Ministry of Health and would fully dedicate his time and energies towards the new task he has been given.
“With a lot of competency and capacity at the table, I will do some harmonization and whisper to my boss what he can do to make sure there is serious efficiency in terms of harnessing all the outputs from these platforms. I pledge to put in all my energy, time and all the things I have learnt on the job to make sure that we win this war,” he said.