Executive Director of the Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS ), David Agbee has blamed officials of the National Security for looking on for president Akufo-Addo to live in his private residence a year after he was sworn in as president.
He was speaking on the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ Monday when he said the National Security Operatives have not been giving the president a good advice with regards to his choice of abode.
Because the President lives in his Nima residence and works in the Flagstaff House, traders around his residence have been given some few weeks to vacate the area where they have been earning their source of livelihoods for many years.
The traders, who have been referred to as a threat to the president’s security will be compensated with amounts ranging from GHc 3,000 to GHc 10,000 to leave the area.
Last week, there was a backlash on the government following reports that the traders and residents had been given up to Thursday [March 15] to leave the area, contrary to an earlier plan.
However, in a statement signed by information Minister, Mustapha Hamid stated that: “extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision.”
The Flagstaff House
Regardless the arrangement, the traders and other occupants of the land around Mr Akufo-Addo’s residence will vacate the venue.
But Mr Agbee, a Governance and Security Expert believes the president’s daily movement to and from the Flagstaff House, the official seat of the President, is amounting to the misuse of state resources which should not be encouraged.
“You are no more a Nima boy, go and live in the Flagstaff House,” he said while arguing that the Presidential Palace is the place the president should live and not his private residence.
“I’m not even saying the president is refusing to go and stay in there (Flagstaff House), it is people around him called National Security personnel… who are badly advising the president. I don’t think the president himself will do that because I know that he’s an astute politician who has been in the game for many years.”
To him, if the president had relocated to his presidential residence, the traders who are struggling to get new location for their usual businesses would not be going through such frustrations in quest to make ends meet.