Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo has again bemoaned the appointments and award of contracts in the dying moments of the erstwhile John Mahama administration, but said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was exploring legal means in addressing the issue.
According to him, these appointments have become a strain on the new government, hence lawyers were working around the clock to ensure that the best decision was taken in the best interest of the country.
The former president, days to leaving office, appointed Daniel Domelovo as Auditor-General, Joseph Akanjolenur Whittal as head of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and Josephine Nkrumah to head the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).
Mr Osafo-Marfo said: “It’s a big burden, but we are looking at it from [the legal perspective]. We have lawyers and with that experience we will be looking at the law. When we have done the thorough study, we’ll come out on what we think should be done, but whatever [we do] will serve the interest of Ghana.”
He noted that his argument did not mean government should come to a halt during the transition process, but it was unfair for an outgoing government to take major decisions that will affect the new government.
“The handing over notes should be handed over a day before the election and, therefore, the state should run, but there should not be major decisions that could create problems for the incoming government. We are not saying that government should come to a halt, no. Government should continue to run routinely but not take major decisions, major procurements or [sign] major contracts. You do not put the incoming government into a major contract the eve before you leave office and make very important major constitutional appointments like Auditor General three days before you leave office. I don’t think it’s fair to the system,” he stated.