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June 11, 2018 | Feature Article

The Chief of Staff and some of the Best Appointees – Sheer Competence

The Chief of Staff and some of the Best Appointees – Sheer Competence

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is proving to be the best leader to occupy the seat of the Presidency ever. He not only hit the ground running upon taking the oath of office but has almost completed his manifesto promises. I said some time ago that we just might need a supplementary manifesto given the rate at which he was going. Well, now I stress this necessity because we are already in fourth gear, unlike John Mahama who remained in the first for a long while until he ultimately sent us to the depths of an abyss in reverse gear.

Most of Nana’s appointees have fared excellently, thus far. The Chief of Staff, Hon Akosua Frema Opare, indeed, has exhibited a gentle way of holding the government with an iron fist, unlike the missed approach of having to use bugabuga tactics. Those who thought that they could use her to take sums of money from the seat of government got the shock of their lives. They were sent to their one corner dazed, crazed, and totally fazed. The others who wanted to play out an act of sabotage soon discerned the futility of their ploys and hurtled away licking their wounds. What was her weapon? Honesty, integrity, patriotism, and an unfettered loyalty to her Boss, President Akufo-Addo. She has endured the tests of the ill-wishers, the betrayers, and the selfish. It is, for this reason, I pray GOD to give her a long life that she may continue to serve Mother Ghana in her best capacity as Chief of Staff.

Then come the ace evangelists of honesty, integrity, morality, dignity, loyalty, and true humanity. Hassan Tampuli Mahama, CEO of NPA, notwithstanding the numerous awards and his flying colours, has not changed his principles of humility and service with sacrifice and honour. What! The guy is a workaholic! Sometimes, there are moments when I panic for him and his likes, but when I complain he tells me that there is no time to waste on sleep or visitations. Not now! The nation needs him, he says! And I totally understand. This is the kind of attitude that the President has exuded. Nana Akufo-Addo would go to his office after returning from a working visit abroad just to finish up with some of the dockets on his table, sometimes protracting deep into the Accra night, especially those times that he would call a surprise meeting of certain officials at midnight. Yes, this is our President, Nana Akufo-Addo, who Hassan Tampuli and others emulate. Recently, Hassan made it among the first five best-performing CEOs of the State. Is it any wonder?

Egbert Faibille Jnr is no exemption from such excellence. The transformation that his sector is undergoing is commendable. And what’s more, he is an exemplary leader in his own circles. He believes in empowering footsoldiers and grassroots folks. Maybe Caroline Louise, who recently insulted NPP footsoldiers ought to take a cue from his excellent humility and love for the simple Ghanaian. After all, Ghanaians do not ask for much except to see the very people they toiled for do a perfect job, which should necessarily make an appreciable difference in their lives. That is not too much to ask, is it?

There are other fantastic CEOs we have to discuss, conversely. The list is tall. Suffice it to say that in spite of the current affairs, these people are writing the victory of the Nana Akufo-Addo presidency. They must be commended, really, and I call on the President to decorate them for the exemplary roles they are playing, both as CEOs of their respective outfits, and servants of the nation in their bid to make #GhanaGreatAgain.

It is important to note that the President has taken appreciable strides in working the western corridor that his predecessor John Mahama touted to have completed. That was an outright lie from the pits of hell. To avoid the pain of guilty conscience, he campaigned in a helicopter hopping along from place to place; but really he does not have a conscience to feel guilty about anything. Nana Akufo-Addo, our President has cut the sod for the construction of the Sehwi Chirano stretch, which I plied on numerous occasions, and the Asankragua corridor. If John Mahama had done them, indeed, there would be no commissioning of same projects at all.

President Akufo-Addo also cut the sod for the construction of phase II of the Kumasi airport. But John Mahama is claiming this project. I think it would serve all of us better if shuts up. He must spare us his humdrum echoes. What he did at the Kumasi airport was to resurface the runway at a biblically colossal cost of 29.5 million US Dollars whereas he could have reconstructed the whole airport for approximately 20 million USD. Someone should advise this guy that the mouth is used to eat and speak, unlike the back hole.

May GOD bless His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and guide his steps as he puts us on the right tangent to project along into the world of the relevant and the renowned.

#IAmStillForNana
#AkosuaFremaOpare #HassanTampuli #EgbertFaiblleJnr
By Fadi Dabbousi

Fadi Dabbousi Samih
Fadi Dabbousi Samih

The author has authored 268 publications on Modern Ghana.
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