President John Mahama has revealed that the seat of government will be moved from the Osu Castle to the Flagstaff House early next year.
The President in August this year set up a special committee to advice on a phased movement of the Presidency from the Castle at Osu to the Flagstaff House.
The Committee among other things was expected to review the security, logistics and equipment related issues required to make the Flagstaff House usable and appropriate for the Presidency.
The Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur moved permanently to the premises in October where he is currently operating.
Addressing some selected students at the Osu Castle on Friday stated that “we also as I promised will begin the process of moving the seat of government from the Castle here to the Flagstaff House. The Committee to supervise that has presented me with their interim report of the defects that exist in the Flagstaff House.”
He added that the Office of the Chief of Staff “will be working to correct all those defects and make sure that everything is put in place for us to move the seat of government to the Flagstaff House.”
The Foreign Affairs Ministry is currently being housed in a section of the building after their offices burnt down last year and according to the President, the Ministry will be relocated to make way for the Presidency.
He said: “We also would be waiting for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to move out of some part of the Flagstaff House occupying the administration block. My understanding is that early next year, their own Ministry is going to be ready at the former International Students Hostel and so they will move out of the Administration block and the other offices they are occupying so we can make a complete move of the Presidency to the Flagstaff House.”