– Alan Is Better Than Akufo Addo, Hilla Liman And Victor Owusu.
I was quite surprised that Kwame Okoampa—Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D, will find time to respond to my article published in the Republic on 30th September, 2014, titled “Akufo Addo in for shocker”. His response was published in the Al-hajj 1/10/14 titled “Kyeremanten is no Hilla Limann”.
I also find it fit to respond again and hopefully this will be the last of such banters. He starts by questioning who I am, and states that, “I have never heard of this Albert Opare guy who claims to be a New Patriotic Party (NPP) analyst.” Well for all who care to find the original story, you would realize that the news paper decided to summarize the analysis I did and did not publish the original article I wrote.
I do not fault them for that as they were just exercising their editorial discretion and thus decided to report on the article and quote passages from it rather than publish it in full. In the process, they thus decided to call me an Akufo-Addo critic and an NPP analyst to avoid repeating my name throughout the story, and again I do not fault them for that, but rather I find it as representing great journalistic instinct.
In any case who I am does not really matter when compared to what wrote. Just to set his mind at ease, I am a graduate of the University of Ghana who read political science and a staunch TESCON-Legon member. I am a card bearing member of the NPP, and have served on my constituency’s communication team in the previous election. If Mr. Okoampa is keen on my identity he can simply email me and I would gladly send a scanned copy of my party I.D. card to him. He can also check with the former Tescon executives for the 2013/2014 academic year, to find out who I am.
The Tescon president is a great friend, and the vice president was my course mate as well as the communication director and the organizer.
Secondly, my academic qualification should let Mr. Okoampa know that I am quite educated on the subject matter and have the requisite knowledge to analyze such issues.
Mr. Limann compared to Victor Owusu was no match at all in terms of popularity. Indeed, the PNP candidate was supposed to be Imoro Igala but because of the limitations in the constitution regarding people whom adverse findings have been made against in the previous CPP government, he was not qualified. He thus schemed to get his nephew Limann selected as PNP candidate even though he was earmarked as a mere parliamentary candidate for the PFP.
Also Mr. Okoampa should know that it was not the popularity or lack of it of Victor Owusu,that caused his defeat, but essentially Nana Akufo Addo’s uncle as well as Mr. Akufo Addo himself played a major role in that defeat besides Victor Owusu’s own political baggage from Busia’s government and by this I refer to his “Inward looking diatribe”. Indeed, it is only the political illiterate who will not realize that Akufo-Addo has the same political baggage with regards to some statements he has made which I will not like to highlight for the good of the NPP. Paa Willie and Nana Addo broke away to form the UNC which essentially helped in causing the defeat of the PFP. One can thus say that Mr. Akufo Addo has caused or political tradition more harm than any other member of this tradition.
In terms of academic knowledge, I believe Alan has a far greater knowledge which stands tall compared to Limann. Limann was just a career diplomat whilst Mr. Kyeremanten was Ghana’s ambassador to the USA for as many years. Indeed we all know that no government will choose its weaklings to represent its interest in such a country as the USA given that it is the global leader. Indeed the USA is arguably more important than even the UN as an organization as they literally influence all of its (UN’s) decisions.
Alan is also far knowledgeable on matters of the Ghanaian economy than Messrs . Akufo-Addo, Liman and Victor Owusu combined. Alan has served as trade Minister of Ghana and the head of the PSI’s. Only attests to the humble man’s tremendous knowledge on the subject matter of the Ghanaian economy and the African economy as a whole.
Mr Kyerematen served as a trade advisor at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he coordinated the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC). In 2012, Ghana nominated Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the out-going Director-General, Pascal Lamy and his candidature received the backing of the African Union (AU).
I can go on and on and on about Mr. Kyeremanten’s academic knowledge, but I will end here and advice all delegates and NPP sympathizers to remember that on the 18th October, we should all choose a candidate who will win us power and who appeals to non-core supporters of the NPP. This is the only way the NPP can return to winning ways and help build the Ghana we all want to see.
As Ambassador to the United States, Alan established the US-Ghana Economic Council to deepen economic relations and bilateral trade; negotiated the purchase of VALCO by the Ghana government at a cost of $20m; implemented the first Investment Forum in the US to showcase the economic potential of each of the 10 regions of Ghana; negotiated Cosmos Energy’s arrival in Ghana to discover oil; and negotiated the release of $547m from the US government through the Millennium Challenge Accounts (MCA) to alleviate poverty in Ghana”
“Alan built an $8.5 million state-of-the-art factory to produce high grade industrial starch from cassava for export. The Ayensu Starch Factory has been bought by Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) this year, to produce beer for consumption.
Alan also constructed an enclave within the Tema Free Zone, for the manufacturing of garments for export; revived the Oil Palm industry in Ghana; expanded the Salt mining operations; implemented the District Industrialisation Programme, where at least, one medium-sized factory in each administrative district would be built; initiated the highly successful “National Friday Wear” programme; implemented the Distance Education programme to enable Ghanaian workers acquire higher degrees; facilitated the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which offers Ghana, quota free export of certain category of goods to the US market; and negotiated a $45 million loan facility with the World Bank to promote SME development in Ghana. These among others were done during my tenure as a Minister of Trade, Industry, & PSI”.
Mr Alan Kyerematen believes that, God willing, if given the nod to lead his party and country, he will be able to use his vast experience and skills to achieve the transformational agenda required to move the nation forward
# I want Power # Give Me Alan