Politics of Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Source: The informer
Members of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) have, lately, come to a realization that their President, James Dugrah, was all along a top official of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He was the Upper West Regional Communications Director of the NPP in the round-up to the 2012 elections, this paper’s convex lenses have captured.
His attitude to let POTAG embark on a strike when negotiations have not been concluded with government ties in with Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s call on NPP supporters, both home and abroad, to use all available means by way of strikes and demonstrations, to paint the Government of John Mahama-Amissah Arthur black.
Polytechnic Teachers have been on strike since May 15, 2014, demanding that government pays them their book and research allowance, which were in arrears.
The strike action led by Mr. James Dugrah has brought about the abrupt closure of all ten (10) polytechnics in the country; leaving students in the midpoint.
Mr. James Dugrah, who in the round-up to the 2012 elections was an advocate of education, which could help curtail social vices like armed robbery, prostitution, corruption, suicide and streetism; surprisingly, is today denying people access to education.
To confirm our claim of how POTAG President played a crucial role in the NPP 2012 campaign, given his position as the Upper West Regional Director of Communications, we reproduce unedited, a report filed by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Wednesday 3rd, October, 2012 on comments in defense of Nana Akufo-Addo’s FREE SHS, promised the people of Ghana.
Upper West NPP communication team condemn NDC reasons for rejecting free SHS
The Upper West Regional Communication Team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned the reasons being used by the National Democracy Congress (NDC) to shoot down the free Senior High School (SHS) policy of the NPP.
In a statement at a news conference at Wa, they said citizens and members of the NPP in the Upper West Region had followed the debate on what they termed laudable and sound policy and came to the realization that the NDC, other critics and opponents were continuously using spurious arguments to shoot down the policy.
“The NDC’s shallow argument that free SHS will produce substandard, mediocre and inferior quality graduates for Ghana is a serious indictment on the integrity, capability, capacity and ability and the general output of all past beneficiaries of free education."
They said the NDC’s campaign aimed to discourage Ghanaians from accepting the policy with poor quality, lack of space and lack of access as their reasons whiles relegating affordability to the background was absurd, sad and ridiculous.
James Dugrah, the Party’s Regional Communication Director, who read the statement said accessibility without affordability could endanger depression and frustration which could be a potential recipe for social vices such as armed robbery, prostitution, corruption suicide and streetism.
“We the scholars from the three northern regions in particular are products of the free education system, we are therefore calling on the NDC to tell us where we fall short in the performance of our duties just simply because we are products of free education,” it said.
The statement described as shocking, sad and ironical to hear their brothers and sisters from the north who are in the NDC have also joined in the campaign to castigate, demonize and label the policy as non-feasible and a cheap talk by Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, NPP presidential candidate.
“This cheap propaganda must stop and give way to serious minded people like the NPP, who think big and dream big to move Ghana forward,” the statement said.
They called on Ghanaians to give Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia a chance to lead and propel the nation forward. GNA – Wa, Oct. 3