The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has noted with considerable disquiet, a highly offensive statement issued by the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) in which they cast aspersions on the President for fellowshipping with some churches.
This was contained in a statement signed by Kofi Adam, Deputy General Secretary, Administration.
The statement continued that “The tone and tenure of the statement betrays a certain disdain for religious worship which flies in the face of long-standing efforts to promote religious tolerance as a vital pre-requisite for peaceful co-existence. As a committed Christian and a key advocate for religious tolerance, President Mahama values regular fellowship with people of all religious persuasion. We take the view that such exemplary conduct deserves commendation and not attacks on him by the PPP.
“We are also bewilded to read the PPP claim that by spending a few hours in the presence of God, President Mahama has wasted precious working hours and hence would be impeded in the performance of his functions. This claim is not only pedestrian; it is entirely bereft of logic. Worse still it shows gross disrespect to the tens of thousands of Ghanaians who regularly attend church to give God his due”.
The PPP, said the statement “also allege in their statement that President Mahama has attended these church services as a way of diverting attention from government’s inability to fulfil its promises to the people such as the one on building 200 Community day Senior High Schools.
Beyond vile propaganda, it is unclear what could motivate such a ridiculous outburst. In case the PPP is unaware, President Mahama is on course to deliver on his promise of building 200 community day Senior High Schools. Preparatory works have been completed and by the end of this year
President Mahama will cut the sod for commencement of work on the first 50 schools”.
Finally, according to the statement, we wish to touch on corruption as raised in the PPP statement. Contrary to attempts to show otherwise, we note with satisfaction, the efforts made by President Mahama so far to deal with corruption such as;
“The appointment of a sole Commissioner to look into the issue of Judgment debt.
Through his work, the Sole Commissioner has unearthed so many instances of institutional weakness and breaches leading to the payment of judgment debts. These revelations will no doubt lead to radical reforms in order to avoid such payments in the near future. Issues such as the Drill ship sale under the NPP have also emerged from the work of the sole commissioner and shed light on the non-adherence to basic principles of accountability and transparency during that regime.
“The launch of a code of conduct for appointees and other public officials which details the dos and don’ts of public office in order to avoid corruption.
The approval by cabinet of the conduct of public officers Bill which will apart from helping prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption also;
Give effect to Chapter 24 of the 1992 Constitution which enjoins public officials not to put themselves in a position where their personal interests conflict or are likely to conflict with the performance of the functions of their office.
“ Investigation of allegations of corruption and malfeasance at GYEEDA and subsequent release of report and action paper which details specific action taken on the matter.
“We note that subsequent to the release of the report and action paper as well as the President’s directive to the Police CID, EOCO and the Attorney-General’s office on the matter, these bodies have begun the processes of bringing to book all persons alleged to be culpable.
“This is a bold step and a complete departure from the past where corruption was hidden from the public and carried out with the tacit endorsement of the highest echelons of government”, concluded the statement.