– Chief of Staff Tells Akufo-Addo
The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, has challenged the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to release its manifesto and stop accusing the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) of plagiarism.
He charged that “the destiny of a nation does not rely on trial and error leaders but in systems that work”, adding the Presidency is about implementing programs and policies that positively impact on the lives of people and not about “trial and error.”
The flagbearer of the opposition NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, sometime this year, called on Ghanaians to try him as president and judge his performance, but the Chief of Staff, who is the head of administration in the Office of the President, is of the view that things don’t work the way Mr. Akufo-Addo, is thinking.
The NPP, recently accused the governing NDC for allegedly ‘stealing’ its ideas, barely 24 hours after the President, John Dramani Mahama, presented the highlights of the NDC 2016 manifesto.
But addressing the Nadowli Traditional Council in the Upper West Region, the Chief of staff said “some parties don’t have manifestos, yet they go around blaming the NDC of stealing their manifesto. At a point they said their manifesto was missing, the latest news is that they are preparing their manifesto, well it’s all good, but the NDC manifesto is out.”
A number of political parties, including the NPP, are yet to launch their manifestos for the December 7 polls.
The NPP, has announced it would be launching its 2016 manifesto next month on October 8 in Tamale in the Northern Region.
But even that date is likely to be cancelled as a member of the party; Madam Oboshie Sai-Coffie, has hinted that, the proposed date, would coincide with a Black Star qualifying match at the same Tamale Sports Stadium.
Julius Debrah, is in the Upper West Region to campaign for President Mahama, who is currently in New York, USA, attending the 71st edition of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ahead of Ghana’s election on December 7, 2016.
He used the opportunity to explain portions of the NDC manifesto, especially on the ‘Green Revolution’ a policy that will transform the agricultural sector.
The NDC, launched its manifesto at the Sunyani Coronation Park in the Brong Ahafo Region on Saturday September 17, 2016, describing it as a blue print that would accelerate the country’s socio-economic development.
The Chief of Staff, slammed other political parties for not producing their manifestos few weeks to the crucial elections.
“If I come to you saying give me your mandate and you don’t have anything on paper to show to the people, it means that you aren’t serious with the people’s mandate,” Mr. Debrah stated.
The chief of staff, was accompanied by the NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah; the Majority leader in Parliament and MP for Nadowli- Kaleo, Alban Babgin; the Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Amidu Sulemani, and the regional executives of the party.
During, a courtesy call on the Wa Naa and President of the Wala Traditional Council as part of his six-day tour of the Upper West Region the Chief of Staff, charged “the destiny of a nation does not rely on trial and error leaders but in systems that work.”
According to him, the Presidency is about implementing programmes and policies that positively impacts on the lives of the people and not about “trial and error.”
The Chief of Staff, said the government was working assiduously to transform Ghana to Change lives through workable and tested policies.
“Countries like China, Malaysia or Singapore have achieved more because they kept a particular government that was doing something right to continue, adding being a president should not be premised on trial and error,” the chief of staff stated.
Mr. Debrah, indicated that as has been acknowledged by chiefs and people across the country that the NDC government was working to transform the country’s infrastructure, there is every justification to keep President Mahama and the NDC in power for another eight years.
The Chief of Staff, motivated the rank and file of the party to intensify their engagement with the people and to explain the manifesto to the electorates to make victory on December 7, a certainty.
He used the occasion to encourage party supporters to be vigilant and work to enable President Mahama and the NDC, win and continue with the good works, he had begun.
Mr. Debrah, reiterated that the next NDC government under President Mahama, would enhance the agricultural sector and make it attractive to all, especially the youth, adding the NDC, intends to improve the systems of agriculture by introducing modern farming implements to make farming appealing to all.
He said, government would use all arable lands lying fallow by putting them into good use through mechanized agricultural centers across the country.