22 February 2013

Ghana: NDC MPs Hail President's Address

The Majority Members in Parliament (MPs) have lauded President John Dramani Mahama for inspiring the country through the State of the Nation Address delivered in the august House yesterday.

According to the Members, the President's message touched on every aspect of the economy which would enable Ghanaians enjoy quality standard of living under the expansion of the 'Better Ghana Agenda'.

They described the President's address as a policy statement, which when pursued vigorously, would alleviate poverty and improve on the general wellbeing of the citizenry.

The event was without the participation of the Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs, who staged a walk out moments after the Speaker invited the leaders of both sides to accompany him to welcome the President into their fold.

The President had appeared in Parliament under Article 67 of the Constitution, which stipulates "the President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before dissolution of Parliament, deliver to Parliament a message on the state of the nation".

The President in his address spoke on four main areas that he intends working on to enable Ghanaians have a better and conducive environment to live in.

These areas include; putting the people first, building a strong economy, expanding infrastructure and a transparent and accountable governance.

MP for Wassa East, Hon. Isaac Adjei Mensah, in expressing his views on the President's message noted that Mr. Mahama was spot on in touching on issues that would improve on the economy.

He particularly expressed appreciation to the President for re-affirming his commitment to ensure that foreigners in the country respected the laws of the land.

He said the influx of foreigners into mining areas of the country was posing security threat to the nation since they virtually involved themselves in illegal mining activities.

"Illegal mining is destroying our land. In fact, when you go to the mining areas, foreigners have virtually taken over this activity. It is about time we flush them out to save our dear nation," he noted.

He also commended the President for his commitment to spread the CHPS compound nationwide, arguing that it will help access to health care, especially, in remote areas.

Also sharing her views on the President's message was the MP for Asikuma/Odoben/Brakwa, Hon. Georgina Nkrumah Aboah. She hailed the President for emphasizing on improving access to road infrastructure, power supply, water and health care facilities, especially in remote parts of the country.

She also lauded the President in ensuring affordable housing facilities in rural Ghana. This, she noted, will help provide accommodation to civil servants working in those part of the country as well as bring an end to rural migration into urban communities.

Others also expressed their displeasure about how the minority walked out of the House.

The MP for Yapei\Kusawgu, Hon. Amadu Seidu described the conduct of the minority as unfortunate and an insult and that should not have happened in the august House.

Hon. Seidu added that the NPP had the constitutional right not to take part in the business of the House, but said it is absolutely wrong for them to refer to the President as a thief, especially, when the matter was before the law court.

"The issue is before the law court and the court has not made its ruling yet, and so the minority should not have jumped into conclusion by calling the president a thief", he said.

On his part, the MP for Nanton, Ibrahim Murtala Muhammed emphasized that the conduct was reckless, saying "the NPP will be the reckless opposition in the history of Ghana."

He further stated that their conduct is a clear contradiction of themselves, since the same president had increased MPs house allowance to GH¢50, 000 - which the NPP MPs had wholeheartedly accepted.

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