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Flagstaff House was ready for use before Kufuor left office - Mpiani
From: Ghana l Myjoyonline.com          Published On: February 9, 2013, 12:43 GMT
 
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Flagstaff House was ready for use before Kufuor left office - Mpiani
Former Chief of Staff Kwadwo Mpiani has debunked suggestions that the Kufuor administration did not finish work on the Jubilee House, now Flagstaff House, before it exited office.

The ruling National Democratic Congress, NDC, had cited various reasons, including unresolved security concerns, for not running government business from the presidential palace.

The Mahama administration last Thursday relocated the Presidency to the Flagstaff House where the President has since been conducting government business.

Speaking at a short ceremony to mark the relocation, President Mahama announced that he would move into his official residency in a couple of months, after completion of ongoing works on the project.

But speaking Saturday on Joy FM’s, news analysis programme, Newsfile, Mr Mpiani said most of the criticisms were misplaced.

According to him, the project had two main components- one for offices and the other being the residency for the President- “and at the time the facility was being commissioned by President Kufuor” in 2008, “the project was fully completed”.

“The Office building was complete and allocations were made,” Mr. Mpiani explained.

The former Chief of Staff criticised Dr. Don Arthur, then a member of the transition team in 2009, for making comments to suggest that work on the building lacked quality.

He said; Dr. Arthur "saw marbles and came out to tell the whole world they were cracks, when it took a mason to tell him they were marbles”.

Meanwhile the Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance, IDEG, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, has blamed raging debate over the project, on the lack of systems to handle it.

Dr. Akwetey said little efforts were made to strictly follow procurement procedures and get local engineers involved to partner their Indian counterparts.

In a reaction, former Presidential Spokesperson, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong described as untrue, claims that due processes were not followed while putting up the magnificent structure.

Listen to Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani in the attached audio


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