General News of Wednesday, 4 January 2017
President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s early appointments is an attempt to hit the ground running once he is sworn in as president on January 7, a political science lecturer at the at the University of Ghana, Dr Evans Aggrey-Darko, has said.
Mr Akufo-Addo on Wednesday January 4 named 11 appointees including Frema Opare as the Chief of Staff to help in his government.
Reacting to Mr Akufo-Addo’s appointment before he is sworn into office on January 7 on 505 on Class 91.3FM, Dr Aggrey-Darkoh said: “The president wants to hit the ground running.
“I think the most significant point is that he wouldn’t want to go into the first month, second month before constituting his panel. I think what he is doing is that he wants to constitute his team so that he can then hit the ground running as it were.”
The appointees are:
Chief of Staff – Frema Osei-Opare
Nana Asante Bediatuo – Presidential Secretary
Deputy Chief of Staff/Political assistant to the president – Francis Asenso-Boakye
Deputy Chief of Staff – Samuel Abu Jinapor
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