Member of Parliament-elect for Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has been appointed spokesperson for the New Patriotic Party, NPP Transition Team. He takes over from Mustapha Hamid, the spokesperson of president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The appointment was made on Monday at a meeting of the transition teams of the outgoing NDC government and the incoming NPP.
The two teams reached a consensus regarding claims by the NPP over the signing of fresh contracts and other deals by the Mahama-led administration in its last days. According to Akufo-Addo’s transition team, the outgoing administration will henceforth, take all such decisions in consultation with the incoming administration.
The representative of Akufo-Addo, on the Transition team, Yaw Osafo Marfo, had earlier expressed worries over the alleged fresh recruitment into the public sector, award of fresh contracts, and procurement of sales and national assets some days after the election results were announced on December 9.
However, in response to the agitations, government pointed out that it still remains the lawfully elected government of the Republic of Ghana until after the hand-over on January 7, 2017. For this reason, it still possesses the authority to exercise all governmental functions.
The Transition Team according to the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845) has the responsibility of making comprehensive arrangements to regulate the transfer of political power following a Presidential election that calls for a change in government. This they do, by forming various sub-committees that will be responsible for different aspects of the process of the transfer of power.
The law provides for the establishment of three specific committees; the inauguration sub-committee, the government machinery sub-committee and the presidency sub-committee and any other committee(s) the transition team deems necessary for carrying out its mandate.
The NPP Transition team met on Wednesday, December 14, to decide on the various sub-committees as well as the composition of each, to enable them commence the process of planning the handing over ceremony with all its associated activities.
So far, government’s side of the transition team has presented all except one of the hand over notes to the incoming administration as required by the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845). Yaw Osafo Marfo, acknowledged receipt of the notes at a press briefing, with the exceptions notes on the office of government machinery.
Oppong Nkrumah who is now spokesperson of the NPP Transition Team, abandoned broadcasting for politics. He polled 17,141 votes to win the Ofoase-Ayirebi Parliamentary election.