Mahama Advisor Vacates Flagstaff House

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Information picked up by “The Herald” indicates that President John Dramani Mahama’s Senior Policy Coordinator, Dr. Sulley Gariba, has jumped ship, even before the content of the “Green Letter” thanking all presidential appointees and announcing changes at the Flagstaff House is executed.

The second Peoples National Convention (PNC) party big man, whose appointment into the Mahama government was seen by political watchers as part of the “all-inclusive agenda”, has virtually vacated his post, due to some serious health challenges, and has not been seen inside Flagstaff House for nearly three weeks.

This comes days after the painful loss of the brilliant Senior Advisor to President Mahama, P.V. Obeng, who will be buried this month.

Dr. Gariba, who has been a lifelong friend of Mr. Mahama, is the second PNC man to be appointed into the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, apart from Dr. Raymond Atuguba, a legal luminary working now as the Executive Secretary to the President. Dr. Atuguba, had also served the PNC as Chairman of its Legal Committee.

The eloquent policy analyst, who served the PNC as chairman for Political Committee and later Chairman of the Manifesto Review Committee is said to have been moving in and out of the country for medical reasons and his absence from work was a result of a major surgical operation abroad sometime last year.

A phone call to Dr. Gariba’s office drew blank. One David, who picked the office line, told The Herald that he was not in the office, but could only be reached on his mobile phone or email. David later collected details of this reporter apparently to hand it over to the Senior Presidential Advisor, but no call came from Dr. Gariba.

Calls to Dr. Gariba yesterday ahead of press time did not go through as his phone, an MTN number was off.

A senior officer inside the Communication Directorate who refused to be mentioned told The Herald that Dr. Gariba only took a short leave after the burial of his beloved sister. He could not tell when he would return to work.

Dr. Gariba’s absence from office, started with a drastic reduction in the number of days he comes to the Flagstaff House in a week. Instead of seven days, Dr. Gariba was doing only two days, and has since stopped coming entirely. He has since not been seen publicly in recent times, sparking speculation that his condition has deteriorated.

The Policy Analyst & Evaluation Specialist, was one of the numerous government appointees who were given signed Green Letters on July 4, 2014 by President Mahama, who is said to be readying himself to sack many of his appointees at the seat of government.

The 56-year old Senior Policy Coordinator’s appointment, which was inclusive of the President’s list of appointees, somehow came to replace ex-Deputy Defense Minister, Dr. Tony Aidoo’s Monitoring and Evaluation outfit created by the late President, John Evans Atta Mills.

Dr. Gariba, who has over 30 years experience in the design and implementation of systems for social policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation of poverty reduction and development effectiveness, has not been heard anywhere defending the president’s policies.

Inside the Flagstaff House, speculations are rife that Dr. Gariba, may not want to return to government even if he is not sacked by the President.

“The Herald” is informed that Dr. Gariba, may not survive President Mahama’s impending tsunami that is likely to sweep some senior officers of government including; Baba Kamara, Ghana’s ex-High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Clemeent Apaak, Dr. Raymond Atuguba, Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani and among others.

Close associates of Dr. Gariba, say he has been murmuring that he would not go back to the seat of government.

See a copy of the Green Letter sent to the appointees by President Mahama.
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