Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has entreated the newly inaugurated Transition Teams, to let co-operation and transparency, be their guiding watchwords, in the execution of their duties.
Nana Akufo-Addo said this in Accra, when the President, John Dramani Mahama, inaugurated the Presidential Transition Teams.
‘I will entreat you Members of the respective Transition Teams, to let co-operation and transparency, be your guiding watchwords’, He said.
The President-elect added that the decisions that would be taken between now and then, by the Transition Teams should be guided by the national interest.
He also stated that He has so far received full co-operation from His Excellency, the President, for which he thanked him and hoped and expected that it would continue until the formal transfer of authority, which would take place on the 7th of January, 2017.
‘In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck in your endeavours. The Ghanaian people are expectant, and I’m sure you will not disappoint them’, Nana Akufo-Addo said.
Presenting his inaugural speech, the President, John Dramani Mahama, said that the joint Transition Team, is to among others, take stock of the state of affairs in the management of the Republic of Ghana, facilitate the smooth transfer of power, and to work with Parliament to ensure regular national security briefings to the President-elect.
‘I expect you to be diligent in the execution of this noble and onus task. We’ve been here before so we can be guided by our common experiences in managing transitions as in 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013 respectively, to ensure a peaceful and successful transition of power’, the President said.
In accordance with the Presidential Transition Act, the President constituted the advisory council of the Transition Teams, consisting the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, Dr Kwesi Botchwey and Professor Mike Oquaye. The President called on them to be mindful of what to do co-operatively, between now and the formal swearing-in, and the assumption of office by the new administration on the 7th of January, next year.
‘Be assured that government will continue to function effectively, and with full legitimacy until midnight of 6th January, 2017, to protect the interest of every Ghanaian. To this end, co-operation will be key in achieving such a successful outcome’, the President stated.
Nana Akufo-Addo, co-chaired the event with the President, John Dramani Mahama.
The 16 Members, made up of the Transition Teams, from the President-elect and the President, were also present at the event.
Further to the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845), President John Dramani Mahama, appointed the following as members of the Transition Team:
- Julius Debrah – Chief of Staff
- Marietta Brew Appiah Oppong – Attorney General and Minister for Justice
- Seth E. Terkper – Minister for Finance
- Prosper Bani – Minister for the Interior
- Benjamin Kunbour – Minister for Defence
- Hannah S. Tetteh – Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
- Alhaji Collins Dauda – Minister for Local Government and 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 Teams:
- Head of the Civil Service
- Head of the Local Government Service
- Secretary to the Cabinet
- National Security Coordinator
The statement was issued and signed by the Minister for Communications, Edward Omane Boamah (Dr), on the 10th of December, 2016, in Accra.
The Presidential Transition Law
In October this year, Ghana’s Parliament passed the Presidential (Transition) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 into Law.
The passed Bill amends the Presidential (Transition) Act, 2012 (Act 845) to deal with the lapses identified in the Act.
The new Act incorporates provisions that will ensure an effective and smooth presidential transition in the Country.
The Presidential (Transition) Act, 2012 (Act 845) was enacted as a legal blue print to guide Presidential transitions in the Country and forestall confrontations that may be associated with transitions.
However, it was noted that there were lapses in the Law which needed to be addressed in order to have smooth transitions.
The revised Law empowers the Administrator-General to evict, by order of a Court, a person in occupation of government premises.
It also states that any person who ceases to hold office on the assumption of office of the person elected as President and is in occupation of an official residence shall vacate the residence within one month and not later than three months after that assumption of office.
It further stipulates that where a person fails to comply, the Administrator-General shall evict that person in occupation of the premises.
The passage of the Bill will allow for effective implementation of the Law as a way of removing the lapses experienced in the implementation of Act 845.