We don’t trust Mahama -Say Assembly Members
The Greater Accra Association of Assembly Members has vehemently posited that its members do not trust the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, to fulfil his promise to pay assembly members.
According to the Association, Mr Mahama, who promised them the same in his 2012 manifesto, failed to redeem it, raising doubts on the recent pledge.
“We have heard a lot from others who are saying it would have been good if Assembly Members were paid. But, Nana, in the 2012 and 2016 campaigning ahead of the elections, some people said it was good to pay assembly members, which we agree perfectly. But Nana, 2012, the man who is saying that he can pay us had it in his manifesto, but because he couldn’t do it in 2012, we do not have any faith in him.
“Nana, we believe that if there could be someone who can pay assembly members for us to feel good, it is Akufo-Addo. Because of that, we have confidence in you that from 2021, if you get four more, you will help us,” the group said.
The Greater Accra Association of Assembly Members had the rare opportunity of meeting President Akufo-Addo at the seat of the nation’s presidency, Jubilee House, on Tuesday.
Speaking on behalf of the Association, Stephen Kwasi Acquah indicated that if there was someone to trust to accomplish this pledge, it would be President Akufo-Addo.
To buttress his point, he cited some of the promises then candidate Akufo-Addo made in 2016, which, today, have been realised.
According to them, hitherto, applications for government scholarships, for instance, were always at the country’s capital, Accra, but under the Akufo-Addo regime, the processes have been decentralised.
Stephen Kwasi Acquah commended President Akufo-Addo for his policies, which, he said, the Association believed were changing lives and transforming Ghana.
In his response, President Akufo-Addo used the opportunity of the meeting to urge his party supporters not to be complacent going into the elections.
According to the President, elections are not won until the last vote is counted. As such, he urged the New Patriotic Party to go all out to preach the good message of the government.
“…But I think this is the spirit; we all have to join forces to work. It is not possible that we allow these people to come again. That’s completely out. The atmosphere in the country is good for us. Ghanaians are delighted about our performance, so what is left is for us to go to [the] various homes to push the good news right up until the D-day.”
He continued: “We can’t afford any complacency. Election is not won until the last vote is counted. And we have to make sure everybody who has been registered will come out and vote in this year’s elections.”
President Akufo-Addo recalled the activity of the association in 2016, and anticipated that they would do more this year.
He added: “I like very much the commitment that has been made and the decision that even without resources you have begun to work. I’ve identified four constituencies in Accra which I think are winnable, and we are going to work to win it.”
3 Envoys Bid Farewell
Earlier in the day, three outgoing foreign envoys were at Jubilee House to bid President Akufo-Addo farewell.
They were the high commissioners to Namibia and South Africa, Charles Bernardt Josob and Lulu Xingwana respectively, and the outgoing Ambassador of Ethiopia, Regassa Kefele Efe.
Though the President received them at separate meetings, one thing common in their remarks was the commendation of President Akufo-Addo’s strong leadership as President of Ghana and his contribution towards global peace, development and security.
They also praised the President for his vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid campaign for global action towards the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and management of the crises in Mali as Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The envoys noted that the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda was a visionary idea which should be emulated in all countries in Africa to facilitate the progress and prosperity of the continent.
They were grateful to the government and the people of Ghana for the hospitality they enjoyed during their stay in the country, including official support and cordial working relations from staff of state institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.