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General News of Wednesday, 21 December 2016


I look forward to working with Akufo-Addo's gov’t – CHRAJ boss

The new Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has strongly defended his appointment despite a suit by the New Patriotic Party.

Joseph Whittal speaking in an interview with Starr FM’s Ibrahim Alhassan added that he looks forward to having a good working relationship with the incoming Akufo-Addo government.

“What I have…today is truly deserving, anybody who knows my output knows that it is not because of that case [Ford Gift saga probe]. There is no problem about timing, this is a state function and the president has the power to appoint until the last day of his stay in power.

“So the timing doesn’t raise any question at all…I know the NPP administration is a rule of law administration and we are also an institution that works with the law and I look forward to working with the Akufo-Addo government, ” Mr. Whittal said.

Mr. Whittal was on Tuesday sworn-in as the new commissioner of CHRAJ by President Mahama.

He was sworn-in at a ceremony at the Flagstaff House in Accra. The President has also appointed Miss Josephine Nkrumah as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education.

The appointments come less than 16 days for the President to handover to President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

Barely hours after the confirmation, lawyer for the Okaikoi Central lawmaker, Mr. Philip Addison told Starr News that the President was served with the injunction from the Supreme Court before going on to swear in the CHRAJ boss.

Mr. Addison said his client will advise himself after the action of the President.

President Mahama lost Ghana’s presidential election held recently and is set to hand over on January 7.