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Is gov't double-speaking on the name of the seat of government?
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Is gov't double-speaking on the name of the seat of government?

Seat of government

There appears to be confusion as to the exact name of the current seat of government, the plush presidential mansion.

Early this week there were indications that the presidential palace, built and named, Golden Jubilee House by former president John Kufuor but renamed Flagstaff House by late President John Mills, had been renamed Jubilee Flagstaff House by President John Mahama.

Information Minister Mahama Ayariga in justifying the latest change in name which is reflected in the letterhead of the presidency, said the modification of the name was done to reflect the divergent views on how the palace should be called.

He told Accra-based Peace FM that “The two names have been put together and I think it is time we make progress and we focus on what is happening in Jubilee Flagstaff House and not the name”

However, a leading member of government's communication team, Mr. Stan Dogbe has insisted that the name of the seat of government remains, Flagstaff House.

In a facebook post responding to criticisms over the issue, Mr Dogbe said, "there has been no change in the name of the Flagstaff House. Any such change would have reflected and communicated long ago."

"How this becomes a 'national' discussion with all kinds of people speaking to it as though it is the most important thing for this nation is amazing," he stated.

The former presidential staffer added that "But the fault is ours, and we accept it. Apologies to all. There was apparently a typo error in our Press Release template, which originated the discussions, and suggested erroneously that the name has been changed."

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