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General News of Tuesday, 9 January 2001

Source: Daily Graphic

President moves into temporary office


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THE President, Mr J. A. Kufuor, yesterday assumed duty using the Presidential Lodge of the State House in Accra as his temporary office. According to Ms Elizabeth Ohene, Media Advisor to the President, Mr Kufuor would continue to reside in his private residence. Speaking in an interview in Accra, Ms Ohene said the Castle is yet to be ready, saying that until arrangements are completed on a permanent presidential office, the President would operate from the State House. On the appointment of ministers, she said Mr Kufuor is still working on his list and as soon as it is ready it would be made public. She said for now, the President is working with his team of advisors, pending the appointment of ministers. She said although the ministers would assist the President to perform his task, their appointment is being handled in an efficient manner to ensure that there is no vacuum once the President assumes duty.

Ms Ohene said Mr Kufuor had only one week to perform several functions apparently due to the presidential run-off and other tight schedules after he had been declared the President elect. Briefing members of the media who were at the State House to cover the President?s activities, she said a modality on media coverage of the President would be developed with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to facilitate the work of journalists.

She said the system whereby pressmen spent several hours to cover a particular event at the presidency level would be modified. She said a new system, where press releases on functions would be made easily available and briefings on other events, would be introduced by the President?s Office.

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