General News of Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Source: CYNTHIA ESSANDOH
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, has described the Minister of Education, Mr. Lee Ocran as a person with no credibility and therefore must be ignored.
He said the comments by Mr. Lee Ocran last Monday, 10th September, 2012, that the NPP’s policy of free senior high school education is not feasible clearly indicate that he has no faith in the capabilities of the ordinary Ghanaian, adding that the country has enough funds to execute whatever policies we wish to bring to our people.
Nana Addo, who was addressing a mammoth crowd when his campaign train stormed the Weija constituency during the third phase of his ‘restoration of hope’ tour in the Greater Accra region, said the people of Ghana have no time to wait for the 20 years proposed by Lee Ocran before bringing forth its policies.
“He said this can only be feasible after 20 years because there is no money, we say there is money, we will not wait for the NDC to mismanage the state’s funds before we complain that there is no money, people like Lee Ocran do not understand their ways, ignore them”, Akufo-Addo charged.
Nana Addo further told the mammoth crowd that it was this same Lee Ocran who said there was no oil any where in the country on the floor of Parliament when ex-President Kufour said there was oil.
“Lee Ocran, who was then a Member of Parliament, told the House that it was not true, he came with a bottle of palm kennel oil to the House that the country has no oil”, Nana Addo disclosed.
The NPP leader further blamed the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the lack of development and the economic hardship in the country, describing them as people with shallow minds and a party without think tanks.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the development of the country has been stagnant due to the bad leadership and policies of the ruling NDC, adding that the NDC has done nothing for the good people of this country except to govern the country on lies, insults and mismanagement of state funds.
Nana Addo took two days to tour the Weija constituency with the incumbent Member of Parliament Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, saying the NPP has capable men who are ready to move the country forward.
He mentioned that the NDC has vehemently opposed the policies of the NPP and further described them as policies that cannot be feasible because the party has no think tanks.
“Because of their dubious ways they do not believe that it is possibly to executive the free education, free maternal care and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), you just preach the message of the NPP to your friends and families, and together we will change the destiny of the people of this country,” he said.
“We are where we are today all because of the bad leadership and policies of the ruling National Democratic Congress, we need good policies to move our country forward, the NPP will not govern this country on lies, insults, and fraud but with good governance and the rule of law,” Nana Addo gave this assurance.
He promised that instead of state funds given to undeserving people, sympathizers and friends of political parties just like what the NDC is doing; the NPP on the other hand will use those monies to build the human capital of the country
On her part, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, also pleaded with the people of her constituency to rally support behind her and the party’s presidential candidate, adding that she cannot deliver on her promises to them if she goes to parliament without her president.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has urged the people of Ghana to reject the politics of deceit, lies and propaganda and to vote for Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP, which has the proven ability and commitment to improving the lives of the ordinary Ghanaian and transforming Ghana.
Addressing a durbar of the chiefs and people of Kintampo while on tour in the Kintampo North constituency of the Brong Ahafo region on Monday, Dr. Bawumia said “for the past three and a half years, we have lived under a government which believes more in propaganda and lies than taking real steps to improve our conditions. We have been subjected to incessant propaganda where everything possible is done to deceive us into believing that things are getting better even though nothing is happening on the ground.
You travel around the country like I have been doing and you would quickly realize that very little has happened in the last three and half years. Development and progress has stalled everywhere and the people of Ghana can no longer accept this situation. One of the choices we would be making in December would be a choice between the governance focused on lies, deceit and propaganda and a governance focused on progress, development and positive transformation.”
Dr. Bawumia, on the 7th day of his Brong Ahafo tour, was sad that in many parts of the region he had visited, projects begun by the NPP had been left uncompleted for the last 3 and a half years while very few new projects had been initiated in the region.
He cited the example of various towns in the Wenchi constituency where he had toured on Sunday like Abrefakrom, New Wenchi, Buoku Junction, Mallam krom and Ayigbe. In these towns, the NPP had managed to erect electricity poles, wired them and fixed transformers, and yet they were still not connected to the National grid because the NDC, in the last three and half years, had failed to do the last and simple task of getting households in such communities, meters.
Another classic example of a stalled project is the road leading to Sampa. In this case, the NPP government which initiated the project had completed the Faaman – Sumanahenkro stretch of the road. However, the NDC administration failed to complete remaining 2 kilometre stretch of the road.
Dr. Bawumia on Monday toured the Kintampo South and North constituencies and was accompanied by Sheik T B Damba, Alhaji Moctar Bamba, National Organizer of the NPP, Anthony Abayifaa Karbo, National Youth Organizer, Bugri Naabu, a leading member of the NPP, Stephen Ntim, a former Vice-Chairman of the NPP, Madam Rita Asobayere, former National Women’s Organizer, Mr. Asoma Cheremeh, Brong Ahafo Chairman of the Party.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling that the Osu Stool is not vacant and that the withdrawal of Recognition of Nii Nortey Owuo III by the PNDC government was only a mere ministerial function, which does not affect chieftaincy in anyway, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is bent on flouting the Supreme Court ruling and cause total confusion in the Osu land by hailing another person and recognizing him as the Osu Mantse.
It is alleged that the government seems rather determined to perpetually divide Osu by allowing Michael Okwei Owoo IV, (otherwise known as Nii Kinka Dowuona IV) to set up a rival palace and office in Osu.
Information has it that the Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture and the Minister for Local Government would inaugurate this new office or palace for the use of Nii Kinka on Friday, September 14, 2012.
This paper has also gathered that the people of Osu have pointed accusing fingers at the Registrar of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Mr. M.T Nartey, a native of Teshie, as the one spearheading all these confusion in Osu as far as the chieftaincy dispute is concerned.
A background information of the Osu chieftaincy dispute dates as far back as in 1986, when the then ruling government of the PNDC without any provocation and explanation withdrew the state recognition of Nii Nortey Owuo III, the Osu Mantse, which de-recognition though only banned the Osu Mantse from exercising his authority at government functions.
Investigations reveals that several letters were written for explanation of the said de-recognition without any tangible reply and or, at all. It was also uncovered that on August 4,1986, counsel for Nii Nortey Owuo III, E.D Kom, wrote a letter (1986) IGF.215, requesting for reasons of withdrawal and Re-instatement on this issue, yet that letter was not heeded to and no reason for the de-recognition was given.
There was a suit titled: IN RE: OSU STOOL; AKO NORTEI II (MANKRALO OF OSU) vs. NII NORTEY OWUO III (INTERVENER) with suit number CAJ4/2/2006 and dated 17/05/06 and which suit started from the High Court and ended in the Supreme Court of Ghana.
This case was reported in the Ghana Law reports of 2005-2006 (SCGLR). In the final decision, it was resolved that the Osu Stool is not vacant and that the said de-recognition was merely based on ministerial withdrawal of recognition of Nii Nortey Owuo III and is therefore irrelevant thereto.
These judgments are available and are in the public domain, therefore the people are wondering and are confused as they expressed in a few random interviews conducted how come that the ruling NDC has organized and is ready to inaugurate a parallel office/palace for Mr. Michael Okwei Owoo (Nii Kinka Dowuona IV).
The Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture together with the Minister for Local Government are the NDC appointees who are allegedly about to inaugurate the new parallel office/palace on Friday, September 14, 2012.
Again, on August 21, 2012, which day the people of Osu celebrated their Homowo, the government openly dispatched a fully armed battalion of Police personnel to surround and confine Nii Nortey Owuo III to his Palace, so as to allow the other rival chief, Nii Kinka to sprinkle the food and was even accorded the status of a full Mantse of Osu.
It is also on record that on March 22, 2012, the Dowuona-Saban-Atsen Royal family sent a strong petition to the Castle on account that this new chief, Nii Kinka, is not a member of their Royal family, but have still not received any responds from the government, nor has he taken any action to that effect.
The petition is referenced DSA/1011. The same petition was sent to the attention of the Chief of Staff in the office of the President, yet, according to the people, no action had been taken by the government.
On the 28/07/08, a referenced letter GARHC/RC.015/Vol.6/41 addressed to the Osu stool secretary, signed by the Regional Registrar of House of Chiefs for Greater Accra, Mr. M.T. Nartey categorically showed that Nii Nortey Owuo III had not been even tried on any destoolable offence as far as records are concerned by the court.
It is the same Mr. M.T. Nartey who sat on the “Withdrawal of Chieftaincy Declaration form” (CD form) a letter written by Madam Mercy Asante, the Registrar of the GA Traditional Council, withdrawing the nomination of Nii Kinka Dowuona-Owoo IV when Madam Mercy Asante realized that she was acting contrary to the Supreme Court ruling which stated that “THE OSU STOOL IS NOT VACANT”.
The people have on this account required from the ruling NDC party as to why they preach peace but are bent on creating total havoc in Osu land. They have therefore appealed to the government to step its foot down to ensure the restoration of total peace in Osu before issues get totally out of hands.