The Minister designate for the Ministry of Information, Mustapha Hamid has said that the current seat of government, the Flagstaff House in the coming days will be re-named.
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Speaking to Joy News file, Mr Hamid, whom like other NPP members always referred to the presidential residence as Jubilee House said that the presidential palace would soon be renamed.
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"We have not referred to it by any other name other than the name that the original builders of it intended for it and the reason why President Kufuor named it Jubilee House was for good …"
“It is an edifice that we built for ourselves in our jubilee year, in our 50th year anniversary – that is significant. Number two, we said to ourselves that after 50 years of independence it was not correct for us to continue to live in a slave edifice. So we said let’s leave that slave and colonial edifice and get an edifice that will define our independence as humans. Now you come into that new edifice and call it Flagstaff House, which itself is a colonial imposition," he said.
The presidential palace was christened Jubilee House by the Kufuor administration after construction was completed, to commemorate Ghana’s 50th independence anniversary.
However, when the NDC government came into power under the late Mills administration in 2009, the seat of government was renamed Flagstaff House.
Now with the new Akufo-Addo government, there is talk that the facility’s original name – Jubilee House – will be restored.
Speaking further on the issue, Mustapha Hamid said, "Flagstaff houses are commonwealth houses of our colonial masters and so on and so forth, so I didn’t get the NDC’s logic or perhaps they didn’t understand that we built this edifice because we wanted to get away from the colonialism and the negativity associated with it."
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He however could not state how soon the name will be changed when he was probed, only stating that, "It will change soon but I don’t know how soon.”