It is scheduled that today being Wednesday January 4, President-elect Akufo-Addo will name the Chief of Staff and the deputies for his incoming administration. This is coming few days before his official inauguration as President on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
Before now, the President-elect has already named some persons who will serve in his government as ministers. He had earlier named former Trade and Industry minister in the erstwhile John Kufour administration, Alan Kyerematen as the incoming Trade and Industry Minister.
More recently, he disclosed that renowned Ghanaian Cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng will be his Minister for Environment Science, Technology and Innovation. Other appointees that have so far been unveiled include Kwadaso MP, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto as the prospective Minister of Food and Agriculture, and Mr Isaac Asiamah as Minister of Youth and Sports.
Prior to Akufo’s announcement of the Chief of Staff, some people have speculated that former Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency Member of Parliament Frema Osei-Opare, will be the President-elect’s choice for the position while Abu Jinapo would be appointed deputy. If this speculation materializes, Osei-Opare will become the first ever female Chief of Staff in the history of Ghana.
Preparations for Inauguration almost complete
Spokesperson of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Transition Team, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has indicated that 80% of the work pertaining to Saturday’s inauguration ceremony has been completed.
The NPP transition team has also revealed that about 11 heads of states is expected in the country to grace the swearing-in ceremony. It also said that about 5,000 security officers will be deployed to maintain order at the venue of the inauguration.
Moreover, President John Mahama will later today take the President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on a tour of the Flagstaff House which is the official seat of Ghana’s government.