From Alfred Adams, Takoradi
Boniface Saddique, Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, together with Joseph Mensah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwesimintsim Constituency, Western Region, has inaugurated the Kwesimintsim Constituency NASARA Club and office.
The ceremony was heavily attended by supporters of the party, and, speaking at the function, Boniface Saddique emphasised the importance of NASARA in the victory of the ruling party. He said in the history of the NPP, Zongo-dominated communities played significant roles in the formation of the party, hence the establishment of NASARA in these areas.
The Minister, however, reminded members of the club that the government was working to alleviate poverty in the inner cities and Zongos, a reason for which the Ministry was set up.
At the moment, he said, the government is laying the foundation to make things right for a smooth take off.
On his part, Joseph Mensah described the contribution of the NASARA Club to the victory of the ruling party in all Zongo-dominated polling stations as outstanding.
He said, in all the 73 polling stations, the ruling party swept all the votes in the Zongo-dominated areas.
Continuing, the MP, who is popularly known as Joe Mensah, told the Minister that NASARA in his constituency did not have membership from all the Zongos.
Joe Mensah announced that since he assumed office as MP, two Islamic schools have benefitted from the government’s School Feeding Programme, with ten Islamic tutors employed to Islamic schools.
The Chief of Kwesimintsim, Nana Egoudzi Essoun, applauded the MP for establishing an office for the club, and expressed the hope that considering the unity the members of the club exhibited at the launch of the office, the same unity would be extended in the coming days.
In a related development, Patriotic Intellectuals, an academia group sympathetic to the NPP at the Takoradi Technical University, has also been launched.
The purpose of the group is to explain the government’s policies and make a strong case for government.
Speaking at a meeting organised by the group, Michael Appiah, Chairman of the Patriotic Intellectuals of TTU, explained that the group is made up of lecturers of the university, who are members and sympathisers of the ruling NPP.
Michael Appiah, who is also the government’s nominee on the Governing Council of the TTU, indicated that the members of the group would establish branches in all the Technical Universities, and make it recognised within the structures of the party.
The Patriotic Intellectuals Chairman described the first year in office of the ruling NPP government, as successful.
The lecturers praised the government for fulfilling its campaign promises of introducing free Senior High School, restoring teachers and nurses’ allowances and implementing the One District One Factory policy.
They also commended the President for appointing Martin Amidu as the first Special Prosecutor and expressed hope that the move would help minimise corruption in the country. They appealed to the Ministry of Education to fast-track the transition process of the Technical University, in order to aid in negotiating for condition of service of workers and staff.
Executive members of the group are Eric Bruce Amartey, Vice Chairman, Charles Kyei Baffour, Treasurer, Richard Dwamena, Financial Secretary and Joseph Oti Asirifi Mensah, Secretary.
The rest are Perez Prah, Organiser, and Felicia Koomson, Women’s Organiser.