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The founder and president of the African University College of Communications and a former Minister of State, Kojo Yankah, has welcomed the decision of former president John Dramani Mahama to withdraw his request to continue occupying the bungalow he lived in while serving as president.
Mr Yankah on Tuesday January 10 criticised the former president on his decision, saying: “It is wrong for the ex-president (John Mahama) to convert his official residence into a personal one. Even if parliament approved of it and the new president gave a nod, it is still wrong. The principle is bad. When late Obetsebi Lamptey even paid for his official residence it was considered bad enough. The precedence is dangerous and should not be allowed to stand.”
There were several other persons who also criticised Mr Mahama for his decision.
Accordingly, Mr Mahama on Wednesday January 11 wrote to President Nana Akufo-Addo to withdraw his initially expressed interest in keeping his official residence as part of his retirement package.
Sources confirmed to ClassFMonline.com that Mr Mahama personally wrote to the Flagstaff House to rescind his interest and has said he was ready to move out.
In the letter, Mr Mahama said in part that: “I refer to our agreement on the above subject matter and wish to inform you that I have decided to formally withdraw both requests to continue to stay at my current place of residence No.3. Prestige Link Cantonment and also to use bungalow No.6 3rd Avenue Ridge, as my office.”
Reacting to the news about the withdrawal, Mr Yankah wrote on his Facebook page: “I am very happy to hear that President Mahama has withdrawn his request to occupy his former residence. Thank you, Mr President, for staying clear of this potentially cancerous precedence. Public servants should be well advised.”