21 January 2013

Ghana: Give Mahama Free Hand to Form Gov

IN THE midst of maneuverings, lobbying, agitations and jostling for political appointments and nominations by some power seekers of the ruling National Democratic Congress, a senior cadre of the party, Mr. Alagskomah Asakeya Noble is calling on his comrades to exercise restraint and give President John Mahama a free hand to form his government.

He observed that the President's maiden speech at the swearing-in ceremony was not only very unifying and inspiring, but simultaneously re-assuring, which was a logical indication that he was in charge of affairs and well focused.

In a press statement in Bolgatanga, Mr. Alagskomah said after the demise of President Mills in July last year, Mr. Mahama had barely three months to campaign ahead of the last December polls when his political opponents especially the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had more than two years to market their policy document to Ghanaians.

This task, he said, coupled with destructive criticisms and attacks within and outside his own party was probably the most nightmarish reality a leader had ever woken up to in Ghana's history since Independence.

"The intensive campaign, day and night, was the most stressful campaign the NDC ever had since 1992. Forming a Government after winning a general election is the most difficult thing to do. Ensuring regional balance, satisfying cronies and party loyalists could render one sleepless nights", he stated.

Mr. Alagskomah agreed that in fact, there was nothing wrong about lobbying; however, he said the manner in which it was carried out was of grave concern to him and cautioned those seeking power to do so bearing in mind the need for party unity and growth.

He appealed to party members; "we must allow H.E. the President free hand to form his Government since; he has the sole prerogative to do so. This will also afford him peace of mind to appoint a team that is creative, innovative, proactive and pragmatic to ensure the realisation of the Better Ghana Agenda".

The senior cadre reminded the rank and file of the NDC to bear in mind that, the 2016 General Elections was just around the corner and their campaign message will be about the fulfillment of their 2012 promises and not promises anymore.

The appointees should, therefore, live up above reproach by ensuring prudent management of public resources as well as prompt and proper execution of projects and programmes instead of always sitting in their air-conditioned offices.

He further stated that; "it must also be understood that, there is no political party anywhere in the globe that will capture political power and offer appointments to all her supporters ─ No, that is impossible.

What, however, is possible is creating a conducive environment for both domestic and foreign investors who will invest in the various sectors of the economy thereby creating jobs for the unemployed which will automatically improve the lot of the people and this is exactly what the NDC-led Administration has done for the past 4 years".

Mr. Alagskomah appealed to those who will not benefit from the ongoing appointments and those who have lost their positions to continue to support the party with all their might and perhaps try their luck next time.

There are other ways that one can contribute his or her quota to the socio-economic and political development of the country and not necessary political appointments.

He commended the President for his first batch of appointments noting that these were very competent and well-seasoned technocrats who he was hopeful could handle squarely their respective tasks.

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