23 January 2013

Ghana: Wonyongo Solicits Prayer Ahead of Vetting - William N-Lanjerborr Jalulah, Bolgatanga

THE MINISTER designate for Defence, Mr. Mark Woyongo, is seeking the favour of the Supreme God through his people, ahead of his vetting by the Vetting Committee of Parliamentary.

As he prepares to take over one of the sensitive ministries in Mahama's administration, Mr. Woyongo thinks if the people of the Upper East Region pray with him, he would not only have a successful vetting, but he would deliver diligently.

The caretaker Upper East Regional Minister is also the Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central Constituency. He unseated then MP, Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda of the NPP in the last December election, and he is among the latest list of ministers nominated by President John Mahama for vetting.

In an interview with The Chronicle, Mr. Woyongo stated that his nomination was an honour done him and the whole of the Upper East Region. He also said he saw his nomination as recognition of hard and good work.

"The people of the Upper East region must feel proud that the President has recognized their son because the credit as I said will not only come only to me but the people of the region. So let me use this opportunity to appeal to my brothers and sisters in the region to support me with their prayers, to support me to be able to deliver the goods", he said.

On how he hopes to work in such a sensitive ministry he has no background knowledge, Mr. Woyongo said if he is endorsed by parliament, he would work with professionals in the ministry some of whom he described as veterans. According to him he would listen and work with them so that they would improve the Ghana Armed Forces or the Ministry of Defence.

It would be recalled that in 2009, when he faced the vetting committee of Parliament, Mr. Woyongo had it tough in providing satisfactory answers in some areas that he was quizzed. This gave some members of the committee more impetus to grill him extensively on other subjects but at the end of it all, he sailed through.

Since his assumption of office as the Upper East Regional Minister in 2009, he has survived all the reshuffles that hit hard his colleagues in the Northern and Upper West Regions. He is credited for his diligent handling of the Bawku conflict that had claimed several lives before he took over office. Mr. Woyongo's nomination has since received overwhelming endorsement of youth groups, chiefs and some prominent individuals in the region.

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