President John Mahama being sworn in on July 24 by the Chief Justice Georgina Woode in Parliament.
The Executive Director of anti-corruption body, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem, has advised President John Dramani Mahama to start operating from the Presidential Palace (Flagstaff House) immediately after the burial of ex-President J.E.A Mills.
Azeem in a statement issued Saturday on the death of Prof.
Mills, said it was one of the campaign declarations of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by the late Prof.
Mills, during the last elections to use the plush edifice built by former President John Agyekum Kufuor when they come to power.
“His Excellency made a pronouncement in 2008 to the effect that once the Presidential palace has been built, the NDC will use it if they won power.
We expect His Excellency John Mahama to, therefore, move into the palace at least for government business as soon as the burial has taken place,” Mr.
The GII also urged the new President to overhaul the Attorney General’s Department to address issues of judgment debts that have bedeviled Ghana in recent times.
He said: “While we mourn the death of the late President Atta Mills, GII also wishes to congratulate his successor, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, the fourth John to ascend to the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana since Independence.
“While wishing him well, we also wish to draw his attention to some of the pledges that his predecessor made to the people of this country but which he was not able to honour due to his untimely death.
In particular, the promise of a transparent and accountable government in the face of the judgment debt saga continues to stay with us and we expect His Excellency to see to the end of this saga.
We need a shake-up of the Attorney-General’s Department if this is to be successfully addressed.”
He further added: “Secondly, the National Anti-corruption Action Plan (NACAP) was delivered to His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama earlier this year.
During this delivery, he promised to ensure that the Right to Information Bill was passed into law as soon as possible.
The NACAP still needs to be adopted by Parliament and the RTI Bill is still pending in Parliament.
“It is probably too early for us to put too many demands on His Excellency John Dramani Mahama but GII looks forward to good working relationship with him.”
By Kent Mensah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana