Govt hands over notes to NPP team

Mr.Yaw Osafo Marfo(right) receiving the handing over document from Mr David Yaro,  Administrator General.

Mr.Yaw Osafo Marfo(right) receiving the handing over document from Mr David Yaro, Administrator General.

The government yesterday submitted additional 31 handing-over notes of the ministries, bringing the total to 39, with only that of the Office of Government Machinery outstanding.

The Administrator-General, Mr. David Yaro presented the notes to Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, leader of the group representing the incoming government on the transitional team.

This was after the Transitional Team reconvened in Accra yesterday to deliberate on the smooth transfer of power from the National Democratic Congress to the incoming New Patriotic Party.

It is recalled that at the  maiden meeting last week, the government handed over the notes of eight ministries, with the promise to hand over the rest later.

With the handing over of the notes yesterday, the transition team will now begin work in earnest and cease to exist after the swearing-in of President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7, next year.

In his remarks, Mr. Osafo-Maado said “he would not comment on the handing over notes until we study them”.

He said “the incoming government does not want to get into acrimony …it does not help,” adding that Ghana’s image was important.

The former Finance Minister in the Kufuor administration said they would engage with the outgoing government to seek further clarifications on matters arising out of the handing-over notes.

For her part, the spokesperson for the outgoing government, Ms. Hannah Tetteh, told journalists after the session that the handing-over notes also included all agencies and departments.

She said the transition team had agreed on a mechanism for further engagement to ensure smooth transition.

The outgoing Foreign Minister said where necessary, the team would hold media briefings to communicate matters arising from the handing-over to the public, adding, “it will be at the behest of both co-chairs of the team”.

She announced that Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Member of Parliament-elect for Ofoase- Ayeribi, had replaced Mustapha Hamid as the spokesperson for the incoming government’s team.


By Salifu Abdul -Rahaman

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