General News of Wednesday, 4 January 2017
President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo is “clear in his mind” about where he wants to take Ghana and the kind of people he intends having in his administration, Deputy Chief of Staff for the in-coming government, Samuel Jinapor has said.
On Wednesday, 4 January, Mr Akufo-Addo released the first batch of appointees to be part his government including Mr Jinapor.
The rest include the following:
Chief of Staff – Frema Osei-Opare
Nana Asante Bediatuo – Presidential Secretary
Deputy Chief of Staff/Political assistant to the president – Francis Asenso-Boakye
Director of State Protocol – Ambassador Hassan Ahmed
Director of Communications at the presidency – Eugene Arhin
Director of Operations at the Presidency – Lord Oblitey Commey
Presidential staffer – Saratu Atta
Presidential staffer – Napaga Tia Sulemana
National security advisor – Brigadier General Emmanuel Okyere
National Security Coordinator – Joshua Kyeremeh
Minister-designate, National Security – Albert Kan-Dapaah
Director of Research – Victor Newman
Commenting about the pace at which Mr Akufo-Addo is forming his government, Mr Jinapor said: “This is a novelty and this is unprecedented. This is a president who has a programme and is very clear in his mind about the kind of people he wants to work with. And the announcements today show that this is a president who wants to hit the ground running and is a president who is very clear in his mind where he is taking this country to …”
Concerning his appointment, Mr Jinapor said “what I bring on board is really a lot of dynamism, intellect, brilliance in all humility and honesty – paramountly to support the chief of staff; my role will be to support the chief of staff for her to discharge her mandate in a manner that the president will be successful, in a manner that the government of President Akufo-Addo will be successful, so, I’m gearing up and I’m poised to give the chief of staff … the needed support and assistance to get her secretariat to succeed.
As you do know, the chief of staff’s secretariat is almost like the fulcrum around which the government machinery revolves and it will require that I give her all the best, efficient and effective support that will ensure that the president and the government achieve [their] vision for this country.”