Last week’s musical chairs at the Flagstaff House, that saw Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Senior Economic Adviser to the President, move to the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) as Acting Director-General, means he is to spearhead President Mahama’s Transformational Agenda, sources in government have told The Herald.
Dr. Thompson’s appointment, followed a year-long search by the NDPC to find a replacement for the out-going Director-General, Dr. Adu Tutu, a John Kufuor appointee, who retired two years ago, but was kept on contract.
Sources say in the search for a replacement for Dr. Tutu, the Commission had approached the president to ask for Dr. Thompson, who is a Commissioner, to be the Director-General, but the president declined, saying he preferred him at the Flagstaff House as adviser instead.
However, after much pleading by the Commission, the president was said to have agreed on condition that Dr. Thompson, would serve in an acting capacity, while still remaining his adviser.
Dr. Thompson, was recently nominated by the Vice-President to head the implementation committee of the Senchi Consensus, which is expected to shape the transformation agenda for the country, with the NDPC as its address.
Insiders, however, said that his path was rough, as the NDPC has been starved of funds to operate.
Earlier this year Commission member, Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa, publicly complained that the Ministry of Finance was not releasing funds to the Commission, despite making provisions for it in the budget. Staff had not been paid for months.
Staff at NDPC, has welcomed the change in leadership, as they have been waiting for that to happen for a long time.
Meanwhile, in a related development, Dr. Thompson has taken to the cleaners the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who recently alleged that inflation rates and foreign exchange data churned out by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the Bank of Ghana, respectively, were flawed.
Dr. Thompson’s response to Bawumia’s on his facebook wall, immediately sparked off fresh commentaries, notable being those from attention-seeking Franklin Cudjoe of Imani fame and Sidney Casely-Hayford.