A former Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah, has slammed the decision by previous presidents and the current one not to occupy the Flagstaff House, the seat of government.
The security capo told Rainbow Radio’s Kwabena Agyapong that, we should no longer tolerate any president who refuses to occupy the official seat of government.
Referring to Russia, America and the United Kingdom, he said all their presidents stay in the official seat of government despite having their private residence.
According to the former security advisor we should not also use state resources to renovate private residence of our presidents should they refuse to stay at the Flagstaff House.
He was however quick to add that, the current Flagstaff House was not properly structured.
‘’There are some structural problems. The Flagstaff House was not properly constructed. But whatever the problem is, we need to fix it. The edifice was not well structured and so we should fix the problem,’’ he noted.
In his view, the edifice does not also reflect the cost invested into constructing it.
He stressed the need for the structural problem to be resolved so we will ensure that President Akufo-Addo, and any president who will come after him, will occupy the Flagstaff House.
The plush presidential palace was re-built in 2008 during the tenure of former President John Agyekum Kufuor. It was then known as the Golden Jubilee House until the National Democratic Congress (NDC) took over governance of the country in 2009 under the late president Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.
Mills moved the office of the president back to the Osu Castle and later changed the sign in front of the building back to its original name claiming that the previous government had not used a Legislative Instrument to effect the change as required by law.
The cost of the construction was around $45-50 million and was overseen by an Indian contractor.