Some National Democratic Congress communicators in Western Region have described as “fantastic” the performance of Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah and Ebenezer Kojo Kum during their vetting last Friday, as ministers-designate for Western Region and Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs respectively.
They noted that the two gentlemen demonstrated in-depth knowledge in their respective portfolios, and should be given the nod as substantive ministers.
Again, they said the nominees really gave meaning to the “Best comes from the West” accolade about Western Region.
Led by one Baba Ali, the opposition party communicators have since Friday been moving from one local radio station to the other heaping praises on the two nominees.
Beside their excellent display of knowledge, they cited the level of confidence and oratory skills displayed by Mr Darko-Mensah and Kojo Kum before the Appointments Committee and Ghanaians as a whole. They expressed optimism that all the appointees from Western Region would also make the region proud.
Similar sentiments have been expressed by social commentators, civil society groups and other residents in the region.
The communicators however said Mr Darko-Mensah owe apology to the 22 assembly members at Tarkwa-Nsuaem who were prevented from voting during the confirmation of Mr Benjamin Kesse as Municipal Chief Executive last year.
They said, as the Regional Minister, it is his duty to ensure the smooth and transparent confirmation of any MMDCE.
The nominee denied any wrong doing when confronted with that issue at the vetting, stressing that the fact that his name was not mentioned in a suit currently before the court attests to his innocence.
He mentioned promotion of tourism, sports industrialization, job creation and investment as the priorities of his administration, when once again given the nod.
Mr Kojo Kum, during his vetting, denied the allegation that he ever insulted Oberempong Hema Dekyi, Paramount Chief of Upper Dixcove, as alleged by some people. The Member of Parliament for Ahanta West said he is a prince and can never disrespect or insult any chief, adding that contrary to the allegation being levelled against him, he is in good terms with the chief who was the first to call and congratulate him on his nomination.
He cited proposed establishment of a data base at the National House of Chiefs as part of measures his administration would employ to reduce chieftaincy disputes in the country.
He also spoke of plans to abolish obnoxious practices and customs, including witches camps, when given the nod.