No Deputy Chief of Staff position for Kwabena Agyapong – Report

Despite a widely circulated report that ex-General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, is to become one of the Deputy Chief of Staffs at the Presidency, names have emerged without even his shadow.

The authoritative news source when it comes to the Akufo-Addo administration; Asaase News reports that its sources on the third floor of Jubilee House, have revealed that President Akufo-Addo, is expected to retain Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, as Chief of Staff, but will once again have two male deputies helping her.

The two according to Asaase News are; Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman and Fawaz Aliu, replacing Francis Asenso Boakye now the MP for Bantama in Ashanti and Samuel Abu Jinapor represents the people of Damongo in the Savannah Region, as deputy chief of staffs.

Few days ago, many NPP elements were seen congratulating Mr Agyapong, for his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Also mentioned was one Ofori-Atta, a member of the Akufo-Addo family to be one of the two deputy chiefs of staff.

Mr Agyapong, a suspended General Secretary of the NPP, ahead of the 2020 election, had sought to repair his frosty relationship with Mr Akufo-Addo by joining him on his campaign trail and even speaking at some places.

At the residence of President Akufo-Addo after the declaration of the 2020 presidential results by the Electoral Commission (EC), the ex-Presidential Spokesperson under President John Agyekum Kufuor and onetime NPP Presidential aspirant, did not rebuff whether he would welcome serving in the Akufo-Addo government.

Mr Agyapong, responded that the decision was the prerogative of the President and, he must be allowed the latitude to choose who he deems fit, suggesting he was interested, but from the report of Gabby Asare-Otchere Darko’s media house, the appointment is certainly not as a replacement for any of immediate past deputy chiefs of staff who have been elected to serve in the 8th Parliament.

It’s a fact that Kwabena Agyapong and most of the President’s close relatives, especially Gabby, detest each other. The two are unable to manage their egos.

Auntie Frema, as she is affectionately called, has not ceased working since the December 7, 2020 election, leading the president’s transition team.

It said that the president had no intention of changing her and the campaign for and against her reappointment that has raged recently in the press, has seemed curious.

“She is the kind of Chief of Staff that the president can go to sleep knowing she won’t do or say anything against his wishes. She is loyal, dedicated, disciplined, wise and careful,” is how one insider describes her.

In his first term, the president appointed two close associates – his former political assistant, Francis Asenso Boakye, and Samuel Abu Jinapor – as deputies to assist Akosua Frema Osei Opare, the Chief of Staff. Claims are that the relatively young men are to hold cabinet positions in the new government.

The level of closeness between the President, Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman and Fawaz Aliu is unclear unlike those he had with Francis Asenso Boakye, and Samuel Abu Jinapor.

Fawaz Aliu

A surprise choice, Fawaz Aliu, a young but experienced diplomat from Dagbon, the assistant secretary in charge of foreign relations at the Office of the President. He is said to have impressed the president with his administrative and diplomatic skills, sheer competence, loyalty, astuteness and attention to detail.

In his current role, he serves as the focal point for co-ordinating the President’s foreign relations engagements. He also assists the Secretary to the President in managing the president’s secretariat.

Before his current position at the Presidency, Aliu was Ghana’s representative to the United Nations Committee on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Issues (the Third Committee) at the UN General Assembly in New York City.

With over ten years’ experience in Ghana’s Foreign Service, he has a wide range of expertise in intergovernmental negotiations, public policy formulation, advocacy, leadership, management and administration.

Aliu also previously worked in the Cabinet Secretariat of the Office of the President as officer in charge of the Northern Regional Biometric Passport Application Centre. In this role, he administered the processing of applications for Ghanaian passports from within the then three Northern regions of Ghana. Before that, he served as a desk officer in various bureaus in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

Public administration

Born in Tamale on 23 March 1982, Aliu holds a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Cape Coast and a Master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Ghana. He earned further executive qualifications from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria.

He is an international fellow of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, based in Washington, DC.

He has undertaken a number of career development courses and has been part of Ghana’s delegation to several international conferences and special missions.

His chief professional interests are public administration, international relations, policy management, sustainable international development, conflict resolution and humanitarian crisis management.

Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman

Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman, popularly known by his pen name Calus Von Brazi, has been a devout loyalist of Nana Akufo-Addo since the 1990s.

Known as the leader of the Victor Newman Boys, he was a key foundation member of Friends of Nana Akufo-Addo (FONAA) and the so-called “Tuesday Group”, the small kitchen cabinet group that largely engineered Akufo-Addo’s presidential bids over the past 12 years or more.

He is an alumnus of Association International School and Achimota, both in Accra. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus, where he later pursued a Master’s degree in the same subject, specialising in political economy.

He took further Master’s degrees in international peacekeeping at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and public policy at the University of Maryland in the United States.

He was a lecturer in human rights law at Mountcrest University College in Accra. Among other roles he has played, has been a research fellow at the FONAA Institute (2006 to date) and a radio show presenter, hosting the Breakfast Show on the no longer operational Choice FM (2005-2006).

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