Ghana: Ghana media highlight transition challenges

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week featured president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo's meetings with various groups and organisations, and transition challenges, with attacks on government facilities by jubilant supporters of the incoming administration and anger of loyalists of the outgoing ruling party for their loss.

“Transition Team begins work; Prez Mahama, Nana Akufo-Addo jointly chair team,” was the headline of the state-owned Graphic newspaper on Monday as the transition team was inaugurated to have a smooth handover on 7 January 2017.

The story said outgoing President John Dramani Mahama urged the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration to “cut the celebration and prepare to assume the reins of government".

Inaugurating the Joint Transition Team in Accra on Sunday, he also stressed the need for his outgoing administration to wrap up business and say farewell to Ghanaians at midnight on 6 January 2017.

The Joint Transition Team will, among other things, take stock of state assets, facilitate the smooth transfer of power, ensure regular national security briefing of the president-elect and ensure the payment of salaries, allowances, retirement and other benefits to parliamentarians and other office holders guided by the laws of the country.

The Graphic said President Mahama and president-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who will co-chair the team, expressed their determination to take the exercise seriously and urged the members to do same.

President Mahama said beyond the transition, both sides must continue to work together in the best interest of the country.

He spoke about attacks on supporters of the outgoing ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and vandalisation of state property by supporters of the NPP in the wake of the latter’s victory and indicated that it was a worrying development that could mar the beauty of Ghana’s democracy.

“I must admit that some NPP supporters have also been victims of such attacks from NDC supporters,” he added.

The Graphic in another story under the headline, “NDC has nothing to fear under my leadership – Nana Addo,” quoted the president-elect as assuring members of the NDC that they would not be witch-hunted under his administration.

According to him, his priority is to pursue “an anti-corruption drive across-the board” which would be fully anchored in the rule of law and strict respect for due process.

Nana Akufo-Addo also expressed confidence in the professional ability of the Ghana Police Service and his preparedness to work with them to ensure the peace and security of the country.

“We have an opportunity after January 7, 2017, to work together for the interest of the Ghanaian people. I am confident from what I know about the Ghana Police Service that we are going to have good relations,” he said when the hierarchy of the Ghana Police Service, led by Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor, paid a courtesy call on him.

The president-elect said while in opposition, he said a number of things about the way the state was being run, which might not have gone down well with some of them, but explained that they were not out of malice.

The state-owned Ghanaian Times quoted the incoming president as saying he would fulfil the promises he made during his campaign ahead of the general elections.

He told chiefs of the Greater Accra region that he was determined to change the fortunes of the country, create jobs and bring prosperity to all Ghanaians.

The Ghanaian Times in another story under the headline, “NPP condemns acts of vandalism,” reported that the leadership of the NPP had condemned alleged acts of violence and vandalism being perpetrated against some NDC members in the aftermath of the declaration of the 2016 general election results.

“We condemn in no uncertain terms these distasteful occurrences, if true, and wish to state that NPP will not condone or sanction such actions.”

The Graphic published a story under the headline, “Defend yourself when attacked by NPP supporters – Kofi Portuphy” in which it quoted the National Chairman of the outgoing ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Portuphy, as charging its members to defend themselves if they were attacked by supporters of the NPP.

According to him, despite several calls on the leadership of the NPP to caution their supporters, NDC members were still being attacked across the country.

He also advised the NDC faithful to desist from blaming executives of the party for their loss of the 7 December election.

NDC’s campaign coordinator, Kofi Adams, said no executive member of the party would be forced to resign following the party’s embarrassing defeat in the general election.

According to Adams, even though the party’s leadership had been in excruciating pain since the declaration of the results of the presidential and parliamentary polls, none of them would be cowed to exit.

The Graphic also carried a story under the headline, “NPP Transition Team is attempting to demonize the NDC - Hanna Tetteh.”

The story said the spokesperson for the Government Transition Team, Madam Hanna Tetteh, had described as “regrettable and ill-informed” allegations made by the NPP's acting General Secretary John Boadu that handing over notes they had received so far had been doctored.

In a statement, Ms Tetteh, the outgoing foreign minister, accused the NPP of looking for every opportunity to demonise the outgoing NDC administration instead of concentrating on understanding the state of affairs of the respective ministries, departments and agencies over which they will soon have political oversight.
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17 december 2016 07:32:20

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