Yaw Osafo-Maafo, one of the many appointees of President Akufo-Addo, who caused him major embarrassing moments in the last four years, including many scandals, has refused to go away quietly and rest from the rough and tumble of governance, by announcing himself, as a Senior Presidential Advisor.
Mr Osafo-Maafo, who turns 80, this year, had served as a Senior Minister in President Akufo-Addo's first tenure but retired, claiming he wanted to remain in the background in the second term, disclosed his new role yesterday.
However, addressing the Birim Central Municipal Assembly at Akyem Oda, his hometown, in the Eastern Region, Mr Osafo-Maafo, said President Akufo-Addo appointed him last week, although reports available to The Herald, had suggested that he was fighting over the Board chairmanship of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) with Hackman Owusu Agyemang.
Interestingly, no letter had come from the Presidency, announcing the former three-time Member of Parliament (MP) for Akyem Oda, as senior presidential advisor.
The man behind the US$1 million Kroll Associates scandal, as well as the UNIPASS deal cooked to replace GCNet , has his interests all over the place to the annoyance of several of his party members, who want him to stay away from the second term of the Akufo-Addo government.
He has two of his children; Kofi Bosompem Osafo Maafo and Kwadwo Gyamfi Osafo Maafo, getting juicy state appointments at the National Communications Authority (NCA) and Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) respectively, when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) assumed office in 2017.
He got them into those positions, while championing downsizing the number of employees in state appointment.
Whilst addressing the Birim Central Municipal Assembly on Tuesday, he also donated GHS25, 000, and a number of roofing sheets to victims of last week's rainstorm disaster at Akyem Oda.
He also served as a Minister of Finance and Education under President J.A. Kufuor between 2001 and 2007.
He served as Senior Minister in President Akufo-Addo's first term, but before the President recomposed his cabinet for his second term, he reportedly informed the president about his decision to retire and stay in the background in the second term.
Among some of his many acts in government was a reinforcement of the public view that President Akufo-Addo, had lost the fight against corruption after he had gotten the Auditor General Daniel Yao Domelevo sent home on accumulated leave and sacked him upon his return on the claim that he had reduced his age to remain in office. A charge rejected by Mr Domelevo.
Kofi Bosompem Osafo Maafo, his son, was also mentioned with respect to the Agyapa Royalty matter.
He was serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Agyarpa, as well as being the Deputy Director General of SSNIT.