Apr 16, 2013 at 11:45pm
4 deputy Ministerial nominees appeared before Appointments Committee
Four deputy Ministerial nominees appeared before Appointments Committee
The vetting of the remaining Deputy Ministers of State continuedon Tuesday. Four nominees appeared before the Appointments Committee.

They are Dr. Alhassan Ahmed Yakubu for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, Information and Media Relations, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Victoria Hammah for the Ministry of Communications.

Responding to questions on the controversial Guinea Fowl Project the Deputy Minister Nominee for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Alhassan Ahmed Yakubu said the project is right for the SADA Zone, stating that the perception been created that the investment in the project is bad should be discarded.

He said massive investment in irrigation infrastructure is the way to go in addressing the problems with rain fed agriculture in the country.

He noted when large scale mechanized irrigated lands are cultivated all year round there would be increase in food production thereby reducing the prices of food stuff and check the over reliance on the importation of food products.

Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, going to the Information and Media Relations Ministry underscored the importance of the Media Development Fund, saying its implementation will help build the capacity of the media to adequately perform its roles.

He pledged to support the Minister if given the nod to communicate the vision, programmes and achievement of President Mahama to the people.

The Deputy nominee for the Ministry of Trade and Industry Nii Lantey Vanderpuye answered questions ranging from frequent fire out breaks in market, operation of foreigners in the local retail business, ECOWAS Protocol, private sector development to the collapse of textile industries.

On strategies to curtail rural-urban migration,he suggested the establishment of cottage industries to create jobs at the rural areas for the youth.

For The Deputy Nominee for the Ministry of Communications, Victoria Hamah pledged to work with the Minister to engage stakeholders to fashion out ways to address the challenges with the frequency allocation where some radio station in Accra broadcast beyond their legally mandated radius.

She suggested the development of E-Signatures aside from other strategies to check internet fraud also known as Sakawa.

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