President John Dramani Mahama has made his first appointments a day after he assumed office as president.
Dr. Sulley Gariba becomes the Senior Policy Coordinator in the office of the President while Dr. Raymond Atuguba will be the Executive Secretary to the President.
The president has also directed all Regional Ministers appointed in the last NDC government to remain in caretaker positions.
Below is the statement from the Office of the President.
His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, has made some major changes in his government, a day after being sworn in as President.
In a statement signed by Abdulai John Jinapor, Presidential Spokesperon, the following appointments have been made:
1. Chief of Staff at the Presidency – Mr. Prosper Douglas Kweku Bani.
2. Secretary to Cabinet – Mr. Roger Kwesi Angsomwine.
3. Executive Secretary to the President – Dr. Raymond Akongburo Atuguba.
4. Senior Policy Co-ordinator in the Office of the President – Dr. Sulley Gariba.
For the orderly conduct of Government business in the period before Ministers of State are appointed to head Government Ministries, and in the spirit of the Transition Act, His Excellency the President has also designated the various substantive Ministers, including Regional Ministers, whose tenure of office expired at midnight on the 6th of January 2013, in caretaker positions of the various Ministries and Regions they previously occupied.
In the case of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department, and in accordance with the Transition Act, the Solicitor-General “shall be in charge of the Ministry”.
Additionally, and also in accordance with the Transition Act, Non-careeer Ambassadors and High Commissioners appointed by the President, are also to continue in office in a caretaker position.
Finally, in accordance with the Transition Act, the persons appointed as caretakers “shall not take a decision involving a policy issue”.