President Mahama makes first appointments

President John MahamaPresident John Dramani Mahama on Monday made some major changes in his government, a day after being sworn in as President.

A statement signed by Abdulai John Jinapor, Presidential Spokesperon, said Mr. Prosper Douglas Kweku Bani has been appointed as Chief of Staff, Mr. Roger Kwesi Angsomwine, Secretary to Cabinet, Dr. Raymond Akongburo Atuguba, Executive Secretary to the President and Dr Sulley Gariba, Senior Policy Co-ordinator in the Office of the President.

The statement said, “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, 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”.

The statement said 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-career Ambassadors and High Commissioners appointed by the President, are also to continue in office in a caretaker position,” the statement added.

The statement said in accordance with the Transition Act, the persons appointed as caretakers “shall not take a decision involving a policy issue”. GNA

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