Veep Relocates To Flagstaff House

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has relocated his permanent office from the State House to the Flagstaff House.


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Mr Amissah-Arthur arrived at the Flagstaff House as early as 9 a.m. wearing grey suit over a white shirt.

He was then conducted round the facility by Commodore Steve Obimpeh, a Senior Presidential Staffer and Chairman of the committee set up by President John Dramani Mahama to oversee the movement of the Presidency from the Castle to the Flagstaff House.

Until his movement to the facility, the Vice-President had been using the presidential facility within the State House as his office.

Although the Flagstaff House was reconstructed by the government of former President J. A. Kufuor as presidential offices, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), under the late President John Evans Atta Mills, refused to use it as the official seat of government due to security concerns raised over the $80-million facility.

President Mills, however, used it to receive envoys and conduct other businesses.

In August, President Mahama set up a committee to advise him on whether or not to move into the Flagstaff House.

The committee is, among other things, reviewing the security, logistics and equipment-related issues required to make the Flagstaff House usable and appropriate for the Presidency.

A recent inspection by the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr Enoch Teye Mensah, and a number of government officials, revealed signs of deterioration on the multi-million edifice.

A section of the presidential edifice is currently occupied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

Vice-President Amissah-Arthur told the Press Corps at the Flagstaff House that he was happy with his new office.

He used the occasion to express his strong commitment to support President Mahama to transform the country and make life bearable for the vast majority of the people.

“We will continue to pursue our agenda of working hard to remove our people from the shackles of poverty,” he said.

Story: Timothy Gobah