Is The Flagstaff House Now Called Jubilee Flagstaff House?
It appears the name of the presidential palace which serves as the official seat of government has been changed again.
The over-$70-million edifice christened Jubilee House by the erstwhile Kufuor administration to mark Ghana’s 50th anniversary of Independence was changed to its original name; Flagstaff House by the ruling party when it took office in 2009
The edifice which served as the residence and office of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah became a subject for political debate when the Kufuor administration decided to renovate it to serve as the seat of government.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) then in opposition was against government’s decision to renovate the building arguing the monies should have been used to solve the bread and butter issues confronting Ghanaians.
The Kufuor government defied the critics and went ahead with its plan.
The NDC government led by then late President Atta Mills refused to move into the edifice when it won power in 2009 but changed its name to Flagstaff House.
President John Mahama upon assumption of office in 2013 has moved into it, ending any controversy as to whether the Palace will be occupied by the president or not.
However, a new controversy has arisen following a press statement issued from the presidency with an address that read: Office of the President, Jubilee Flagstaff House, Accra.
As the host of Asempa FM’s political discussion programme, Ekosii Sen Kwabena Kwadwo Asare Baffour Acheampong read the press release from the presidency, panelists on the programme were astonished.
Sekou Nkrumah expressed shock at the sudden change of name by government.
“What!!! since when; is it Flagstaff House or Jubilee House? but it change from Jubilee House to Flagstaff House?” he exclaimed.
“If you are really serious about the name Jubilee Flagstaff House then there is serious confusion going on” he told KABA
Sekou Nkrumah sarcastically urged his co-panelist to bear with government because “maybe it is part of the reshuffle”.
A Deputy Director of communication of the NPP, John Boadu who was also a panelist on the programme could not help but laugh uncontrollably.
He said until he gets a hard copy of the press statement, he would not believe the name has been changed.
John Boadu believes it could be a typographical error because government cannot give any tangible explanation to the change of name.
“With all the reasons they gave for changing it from Jubilee House to Flagstaff House; no, no I don’t believe it. What other reason will they give now?”.source myjoyonline.
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