The government of Ghana has issued a statement statement refuting reports that handing over notes from the outgoing NDC administration are not ready.
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According to a statement issued by the Government of Ghana and signed by out-going Minister of Foreign Affairs, Madam Hanna Serwah Tetteh, the government's transition team is ready to begin the transition process that will hand over all the reigns of government to a Akufo Addo administration.
The statement also indicates that contrary to statements made by the President Elect's spokesperson - Mr. Mustapha Hamid - that the handing over notes from the out-going government are not ready, that the handing over notes are ready, and that they were made ready before the December 7th general election date.
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"We wish to state that the handing over notes from each Ministry that are to be given to the transition team for the incoming administration are ready, and indeed were prepared before the elections were held on the 7th of December."
The statement goes on to say that the government expected the transition process to be completed before January 7th, 2016, the formal handover date for the incoming government.
"We envisage that the process of transition will be completed before the formal handing over to the incoming administration on the 7th of January 2017, however if there are any matters that still need to be addressed the members of the Government’s transition team will be available for further discussions."
Read full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE GOVERNMENT TRANSITION TEAM – GOVERNMENT’S READINESS TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF TRANSITION FROM ONE ADMINISTRATION TO THE NEXT.
Our attention has been drawn to a media report quoting the spokesperson of the President Elect’s transition team – Mr. Mustapha Hamid where he is reported to have said on Onua FM that the work of the transition team will start when the incoming administration receives copies of the handing over notes, which have not yet been made available to them because they are not ready.
We wish to state that the handing over notes from each Ministry that are to be given to the transition team for the incoming administration are ready, and indeed were prepared before the elections were held on the 7th of December. The second meeting of the transition team after the formal inauguration on Sunday the 11th of December is scheduled to take place on Wednesday the 14th of December at 10.00 am and we look forward to commencing the process of transition in earnest.
By the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act 2012 (Act 845) the transition team is to make comprehensive practical arrangements to regulate the transfer of political power following a Presidential election, and to do this 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 committees the transition team considers relevant for the performance of its functions. We envisage that tomorrow’s meeting will agree on the committees to be established and the composition of each committee so that the various committees can begin their work and get on with the process of planning the inauguration ceremony, handing over the machinery of the Civil Service including the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and ensuring the orderly transfer of the official assets and liabilities to the in-coming administration.
We envisage that the process of transition will be completed before the formal handing over to the incoming administration on the 7th of January 2017, however if there are any matters that still need to be addressed the members of the Government’s transition team will be available for further discussions.
Hanna S. Tetteh
Minister for Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration
Spokesperson for the Governments Transition Team
Issued In Accra on Tuesday 13th December, 2016
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