A leading member of the Young Democrats, a pro-NDC group, Hajia Habiba Osumanu, has commended the President on his relocation to the Flagstaff House.
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She said though prominent members of the NDC had divergent views on the estimated cost, building and the eventual relocation to the renovated structure, it was important that the structure was not left to waste but used for its intended purposes.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Hajia Osumanu said after leaving the Christianborg Castle, it was equally important for the government not to neglect the structure but to use it as an annex to the seat of government.
She also said it was important to look at things from a broader view, saying the relocation was not a betrayal of the stance of late President Mills as some had erroneously suggested, adding that it had not been a policy of the NDC to reject the use of the Flagstaff House.
Hajia Osumanu said although some people had interestingly labelled the place as a “poultry farm” or “hen coop”, it was designed to host presidential visitors and house the President.
She said the ‘piling traffic’ fears of some commuters who used the main road in front of the Flagstaff House were unfounded as the place had been well-designed with many gates to ensure that the traffic situation was not compounded due to people moving in and out of the presidential premises.
Hajia Osumanu said so long as the National Security had declared the place safe for government business, the existing houses and business entities surrounding the Flagstaff House would not pose any security threat.
She said across the world, major governmental institutions like the White House in the US and the Number 10 Downing Street in the UK were located in the centre of their respective cities with few concerns since due security precautions had been taken and regularly reviewed.
Hajia Osumanu added “it’s just good planning that is needed to protect the President and his entourage and overall, his move is in the right direction”. -GNA