General News of Sunday, 11 December 2016
The transitional team to facilitate the change of government in the country has officially been inaugurated.
The team was inaugurated at a short ceremony held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), today, Sunday.
This follows the Electoral Commission’s declaration of the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Akufo-Addo as president-elect after a keenly contested general election on Wednesday, December 7.
Akufo-Addo beat incumbent, President John Mahama 53% of the total valid votes cast while John Mahama polled 44%.
President Mahama on Saturday announced the 16-member team comprising seven members of the National Democratic Congress government and nine from the NPP.
A statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah said the team would also include the Head of the Civil Service, Head of the Local Government Service, Secretary to the Cabinet and the National Security Coordinator in accordance with the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845).
The team is expected to commence with expediency ahead of the of the official swearing-in of the President-elect, Nana Akufo Addo as President of the Republic on January 7, 2017.
Among the things the team is to consider are accounting for government resources, agreement on the deadline for the vacation of official residences by government officers and payment of benefits.
Members of the team area:
Julius Debrah- Chief of Staff
Marietta Brew Appiah Opong- Attorney General & Minister for Justice
Seth E. Terkper- Minister for Finance
Prosper Bani- Minister for the Interior
Dr. Benjamin Kunbour- Minister for Defence
Hanna S. Tetteh- Minister for Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration
Alhaji Collins Dauda- Minister for Local Government & Rural Development
Representing the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo are:
Yaw Osafo Maafo- Representative of the President-elect
Frema Osei Opare- Head of the Staff of Office of the President-elect
Gloria Akuffo- Member responsible for Legal Affairs
Ken Ofori- Atta- Member responsible for Finance
Ambrose Dery- Member responsible for the Interior
Dominic Nitiwul- Member responsible for Defence
Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey- Member responsible for Foreign Affairs
Hajia Alima Mahama- Member responsible for Local Government
Albert Kan Dapaah- Member responsible for National Security
In accordance with the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845), the following are statutory members of the Transition Team:
Head of the Civil Service
Head of the Local Government Service
Secretary to the Cabinet
National Security Coordinator
‘Mahama assures of smooth transition of government’
President John Mahama had earlier assured of ensuring the peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo.
In his concession speech after the declaration of Akufo-Addo as President-elect, he said, “I will like to assure the people of Ghana of my commitment to the sustenance of our country’s democracy and we will work to ensure a smooth transition of our incoming administration. I remain committed to the unity and stability of our great nation.”
‘Parliament passes Presidential transition bill’
Ghana’s parliament in October 2016 passed the Presidential transition bill which among other amendments, stipulates that the outgoing President and his Vice vacate official bungalows one month before swearing-in of the new President on January 7.
The Bill, also grants the Office Administrator General, legal powers to forcefully evict an outgoing President and his or her Vice when they exceed the grace period.