Last Minute Contracts Stop the noise, you have no case - Kweku Baako to NPP

According to him, there is no need for the “noise” over the appointments because the NPP has the power to review those appointments when it comes to power.

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Kweku Baako, Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper has said the New Patriotic Party has no case with the objections they are raising over last minute appointments being made by the outgoing president, John Mahama.

According to him, there is no need for the “noise” over the appointments because the NPP has the power to review those appointments when it comes to power.

The incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has condemned the appointment of Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and Chairperson of National Commission for Civic Eduction (NCCE) by the outgoing administration.

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A statement signed by Yaw Osafo Marfo, spokesperson for president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on the joint transition, said that 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.

“It is the view of the President-Elect’s team, that these appointments coming barely 24 Hours after the agreement and less than three weeks away from the inauguration of the incoming President is most disappointing and exhibits bad faith,” the statement said.

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But Mr Baako believes the NPP should focus on the specific defects in contracts that are being signed.

“Somebody is signing an agreement, what kind of agreement is that, did the agreement have to go to parliament or not, did it go through the procurement law or not?

“If those deficiencies are there, then that is dead on arrival and if they force it, the new government has the mandate to review and to withdraw. So I don’t see the big deal,” he said on Accra-based Peace FM.

Mr Baako further asked the NPP to emulate late Prof Mills who halted until necessary the Single Spine pay structure passed by former president Kufuor just when he was about to leave office in 2009.

“Whatever it is Kufour did, presented a challenge to the Mills government so the government met with organised labour and stakeholders and decided to defer it at least for a year and implemented it in 2010.

“Obviously the Mills administration suspended the thing, subjected it to review, deferred implementation and began at the time it thought was in the national interest to do so. So what is the big deal," he asked.

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

Mr Baako believes that the suit is a step in the right direction as it will bring an understanding to what outgoing governments can or cannot do during the period of transition.

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