President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has dismissed Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya. in accordance with Article 81(a) of the Constitution.
A statement issued by the Director of Communications at the Office of the President, Eugene Arhin, said the President in accordance with article 81 (a) revoked the appointment of the Dome Kwabenya lawmaker as Minister.
Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, will continue to act as caretaker Minister for the Ministry until such a time the President appoints a substantive Minister.
Article 81 of the 1992 Constitution stipulates that the office of a Minister of State or a Deputy Minister shall become vacant if
(a) his appointment is revoked by the President; or
(b) he is elected as Speaker or Deputy Speaker; or
(c) he resigns from office; or
(d) he dies
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has deferred the decision on whether or not Sarah Adwoa Safo’s Dome-Kwabenya constituency seat should be declared vacant because of her continued absence from Parliament without permission.
She has failed to appear before the Privileges Committee of Parliament to explain why she has absented herself for 15 consecutive sittings without permission from the Parliamentary leadership.
The Privileges Committee has by a majority decision recommended that the Dome-Kwabenya seat should be declared vacant for absenting herself from Parliament for more than 42 days without permission from the Speaker, and also refusing to take advantage of an opportunity offered her to provide an explanation.
The Speaker decided to defer the final decision on Adwoa Safo’s fate to October 2022 due to the back and forth at the Privileges Committee of Parliament meeting.
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