Govt defends creation of Presidential Delivery Unit

Dr. Valerie SawyerrGovernment has defended the creation of the Presidential Delivery Unit, saying it is not a duplication of functions, nor a re-introduction of a scrapped Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.

Recently, Ambassador Kwasi Quartey, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has been appointed as the new Secretary to the President, a statement signed by Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff has said.

It indicated that the President has also appointed the Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr Valerie Sawyer, as Senior Policy Adviser and Head of the Presidential Policy Unit.

Dr Sawyer has been mandated to see to the execution of government policies, programmes and ensure the fulfillment of the President’s social contract with the people of Ghana.

Government had scrapped the Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, which was headed by Dr. Tony Aidoo, now ambassador to the Netherlands.

Nevertheless, Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Dr Richard Amoako-Baah, said the Presidential Policy Unit was a replica of existing ministries and the three wise men tasked to coordinate priority projects.

He said the new unit was confusing and suspected the unit was created because Dr. Sawyer may have realised and “complained” that she “doesn’t do anything”.

According to the lecturer, the position of Deputy Chief of Staff was scrapped because of this realisation.

“You don’t need a Deputy Chief of Staff because the Chief of Staff has his own assistants to work with,” he said to Joy News in Accra on Monday.

Responding to criticism, Deputy Information Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, said that monitoring is different from delivery, but said that the unit would monitor the progress of government projects and policies “in real time”.

He explained that with the new unit, President Mahama would not have to wait for his ministers and other government officials to know what is happening to programmes government was pursuing.

Mr. Ofosu said the President ‘bears ultimate responsibility” for his government and needs to get a sense of progress under his government.

- myjoyonline.

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