Transition A look into Mahama's "last minute" contracts and appointments

The NPP has since filed a suit challenging the authority of the President to make such last minute appointments.

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The outgoing Mahama-led government has been accused of making some ‘last minute’ appointments and contracts with just some few weeks to hand over power.

Many say the appointments were made to deliberately place the incoming government in an uncomfortable situation since the president’s term ends on January 7.

The NPP has since filed a suit challenging the authority of the President to make such last minute appointments.

READ ALSO: We may review CHRAJ, NCCE appointments - NPP

Yaw Osafo Marfo, the spokesperson for president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on the joint transition says such appointments have been done in contravention of an earlier agreement at the Transition Committee’s meeting of December 19, 2016, that such appointments would be done subject to consultation with the Presidential Transition Committee.

He says the NPP government may be forced to review some of the new appointments and contracts.

Pulse.com.gh brings you a list of some of the ‘last minute’ contracts and appointments by the NDC government

Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority

 

The Director General, Richard Amamoo has been accused of single-handedly promoting some workers. This has created confusion at the country’s maritime hub as most workers say they have been denied promotions due to their perceived political affiliations.

NSS appointment and allowance increment

 

The outgoing NDC government has increased National Service allowance by 60 percent.The increment is expected to take effect from January 1, 2017. According to a memo, signed on December 14, 2016, by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Finance, and cited by Pulse.com.gh, the new monthly allowance is 559.04 cedis.

 

Until this increase, the national service allowance was etched at 350 cedis. Ghanaians on social media have since expressed mixed reactions to the increment.

Again on Wednesday, December 20, a circular signed by Mrs Mariam Tannor-Akyemvi, Assistant Director of Administration of the National Service Scheme (NSS), said substantive District Directors of the Scheme have been appointed to fill vacant districts.

CHRAJ, NCCE Appointments

President John Mahama on Tuesday appointed Joseph Whittal and Josephine Nkrumah as heads of the CHRAJ and NCCE respectively.

 

The NPP argues that the appointments were made to deliberately place them in an uncomfortable situation since the president’s term ends on January 7.

The party feels it should have been consulted before those appointments were made, but the government has called the bluff of the NPP saying it cannot be restrained from exercising its powers even if it has some few days to leave office.

COCOBOD recruitments

 

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is believed to be recruiting workers. This has been confirmed by a letter to a Deputy Director at the Legal Department of COCOBOD. The letter is said to have asked him to sit on the interview panel.

Security agencies

The President-elect transition team has also raised concerns over some “last minute” recruitments in the military.

 

The spokesperson for the National Democratic Congress’ transition team, Hanna Tetteh, has since explained that it was unlikely that “the recruitment exercise will be concluded before January 7, in which case the incoming administration will have the responsibility and have the oversight to see how the exercise is concluded.”

 

She says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) can suspend the recruitment of security personnel if they have concerns with it.

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