There are strong indications that the current Chief of Staff, Prosper Douglas Kweku Bani may have successfully warmed up to the ruling National Democratic Party (NDC) given the several initiatives that he has chaperoned from Presidency in a bid to solve some of the challenges confronting the current President John Dramani Mahama administration, The Republic has gathered.
Amidst the major problems confronting the current administration is a rather subtle one where some individuals within the NDC have complained about an apparent disconnect between the administration and its political party. Sources within the NDC have told this paper that the Chief of Staff is working frantically on the quiet to bridge the gap between the government and its party.
It is believed that the Chief of Staff has been very instrumental in addressing grievances of party members who have had cause to complain publicly about being neglected by the John Dramani administration.
Mr. Bani initially received stiff opposition from party members when he was appointed by President Mahama as his top administrator; he was seen as an ?outsider? and someone who was not a ?party person? in the conventional sense of it.
?But despite his perceived newness to the party?s structure, he has managed to coalesce strong initiative for the party?s growth,? a source at the party?s headquarters told The Republic Newspaper.
?He has effectively reflected the will of the President in balancing the government?s interest with the party?s interest and has helped in smoothening out where there has been friction.?
Mr. Bani may not exactly be a public person, preferring to do his work on the quiet, yet a number of party bigwigs have hailed him for his ability to initiate measures to help streamline the government?s activities with the aspirations of the party.
On the national level, he has been noted as being instrumental in championing initiatives that calmed potentially explosive situations, including the solutions proffered to the contentious tolling at the entrance to the University of Ghana, Legon.
The University decided to set up toll booths at the entrance to the premier university to levy drivers accessing the school in a bid to recoup their investments in the construction of roads leading to the school.
Indeed, the general public was at daggers-drawn with the University authorities until the government stepped in to absorb the expenses utilized on the road construction project.
His style and demeanor prompted the Kpando Constituency branch of the Volunteers for Mahama (VFM) to describe President Mahama?s appointment of Mr. Bani as an ?excellent choice?.
?Ghana?s new government needs able and qualified Ghanaians like you who are willing to put in place the necessary measures to restore confidence and actively contribute to Ghana?s growth,? the VFM stated in a statement issued shortly after his appointment last year. The statement was signed by Zimba Odonti, the Coordinator of the Kpando Constituency VFM.
Source: The Republic