President-elect Akufo-Addo’s swearing-in ceremony to take place in Parliament

The swearing-in ceremony of Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, is scheduled to take place at Parliament House in the national capital, Accra.

Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide, announced the arrangement to the media on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. He addressed the media from the Information Ministry in Accra where members of the various inauguration committees for the President’s second term were present.

Mr Hadzide stated that the swearing-in will be performed on January 7, 2021 before Members of Parliament.

The country’s Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, is billed to perform the swearing-in in accordance with Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.

The Deputy Information Minister explained that the inauguration will he done in compliance with Covid-19 safety protocols.

Transition Committees

According to him, a number of Committees and sub-committees have been formed for the inauguration of President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo.

He indicated that the Inauguration Committee was to be chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

He added that the Finance and Economic Committee was under the leadership of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Attta.

The Sub Committee of Energy and natural resources, he said, was under the chairmanship of Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul.

Again, he noted that the Sub committed on Infrastructure will be chaired by Ambrose Dery.

The Social sector sub Committee, he added, was under the leadership of Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development.

Ban on recruitment, contract signing

As part of efforts to ensure a seamless transition, Ghana has opted against entering any new agreements during the transition period

He said the Chief of Staff at the presidency, has notified the various leadership of the MMDAs to desist from entering into contracts.

Mr Akufo-Addo was declared President-Elect by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, on December 9, 2020.

The Deputy Minister announced a ban on the recruitment of new management personnel for the various state agencies, departments and ministries during the transition period.

He said throughout the transition period until President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo is sworn-in, no new contracts are to be signed and no new recruitments are to be carried out.

President Akufo-Addo is to begin his second term bid on January 7, 2021.

Story By: Melvin Tarlue

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