The outgoing Deputy Communication Minister, Mr. Felix Ofosu-Kwakye, has questioned the President Elect's appointment of relatively young people to positions in presidential staff.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Ofosu Kwakye said that even thought he wasn't particularly against the appointments, he found it unfair that when the late President Mills and President Mahama took the same decisions they were pummeled with criticism.
“It is unfortunate that when President Mills and President Mahama gave opportunities to young persons to contribute to national development persons in the opposition and some surrogates of theirs sought to bastardize them and did not allow them the opportunity to make that contribution.”
The Deputy Minister's comments follow the President Elect's announcement of four new appointments to his administrative staff, namely Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor, both as Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Eugene Arhin as Director of Communications at the Presidency and Clara Napaga Sulemana Tia, a Presidential Staffer.
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“Here we are the President-elect has appointed at least three people within their circles to serve in his government and the same people who derided others appointed by President Mills and President Mahama are now falling over themselves to uphold the image and integrity of these young men.
Like I have said, I would on any day root for any young person who is able to land a position in government because I believe that the youth have a role to play; but let us be fair to all persons irrespective of their political creed,” he continued.
The late President Mills and President Mahama had come under heavy criticism for their appointment of young people to leadership roles within their cabinet. A situation that gained infamy when these young began to be referred to as “babies with sharp teeth”, following comments they made that were deemed arrogant and disrespectful by their peers and contemporaries.