Politics of Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
The Upper West Regional second vice chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Hafiz Bin Salih, has called on the government to tackle the problems confronting the country with practical solutions.
He said Ghanaians were suffering and needed realistic answers which would improve their living conditions and not " knee jerk" reactions which in many instances, ended up as experiments.
In an interaction with the Daily Graphic in Wa, Mr Bin Salih also observed that the NDC government led by President John Mahama lacked focus and had no clear cut programmes to alleviate the suffering of the people.
To this end, he said, it was not surprising that the country was grappling with issues of water, electricity, among other challenges because the government was only indulged in experiments.
Sharing his views on the appointment of Mr Bede Ziedeng as the new Upper West Regional Minister, Mr Bin Salih said the region needed a new face.
He said Mr Ziedeng and his predecessor, Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, had been in office as regional and deputy regional ministers before and so the new minister was not bringing anything new to enhance the development of the region.
He described Mr Ziedeng as not being within the mainstream of the NDC party in the region, pointing out that, that could affect his ( Mr Ziedeng)'s administration.
He, however, lauded the nomination of Mr Abu Kansangbata as the deputy regional minister saying it was a positive move which would encourage the youth of the region.
Mr Bin Salih said even though Mr Kansangbata was not matured enough for the position, it was the hope of all that he would come with a lot of energy to accelerate the development of the region.
The NPP second vice chairman also expressed regret that in spite of the region having three influential personalities as health ministers namely; Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh, Mr Benjamin Kunbour and Mr Alban Bagbin, during the administration of the late President Mills, the proposed Wa Regional Hospital was still a pale shadow of itself.
On the state of the NPP, he said there was not much activity because members of the party were concentrating on the court proceedings involving the flag bearer of the NPP in the 2012 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo, his vice presidential candidate Dr Mahmud Bawumia and the and the chairman of the party, Mr Jake Obetsebi Lamptey.
He further appealed to members of the party not to crucify party members who shared their candid opinion on issues concerning the party since the NPP was built on the foundations of a true democracy.