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General News of Thursday, 30 April 2020


Listen to 'elderly wisdom' - Allotey Jacobs to NDC

Former Central Regional chairman of NDC, Allotey Jacobs play videoFormer Central Regional chairman of NDC, Allotey Jacobs

Social commentator and former NDC Central Regional Chairman, Allotey Jacobs has jabbed some young members and activists in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who, to him, have suddenly grown wings in the party.

Stopping short of pinpointing exactly who those characters are, Allotey Jacobs bemoaned the conduct of some of these young generation in politics, asking them to lift the political discourse.

He was contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM's ''Kokrokoo'' Morning Show on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Earlier on, the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, speaking on the same platform, had treated with disdain President Akufo-Addo's promise to construct 88 district and 6 Regional hospitals in the country.

To him, the President is only taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to solicit votes from Ghanaians in order to win the 2020 elections.

He doubted the President's commitment to the project saying ''this promise made by President Akufo-Addo is a grand deception calculated for votes and not intended to be kept. President Akufo-Addo has realized that he has failed Ghanaians. He couldn't utilize the power given him about four years now for development especially in the health sector regarding the health of Ghanaians. He has failed Ghanaians woefully but he has realized this year is an election year and is more concerned about deceiving the people to win their votes. The first point I want to make and make very forcefully is this promise is an absolute lie... The President doesn't have any good intention to put it into good use''.

Sammy Gyamfi made further claims that the Akufo-Addo government had abandoned hospital projects by erstwhile Mahama administration citing the Bank of Ghana hospital which, to him, was established by former President John Dramani Mahama; an assertion that was repudiated by seasoned journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako who was also on the panel.

Sammy Gyamfi and Kweku Baako entered into a heated debate over ownership of the Bank of Ghana hospital.

Taking his turn to address issues on the programme, Allotey Jacobs reminded the young generation that he has been in their position before saying ''when we were young, we behaved as children but now we have grown''.

He therefore advised young politicians to listen to wisdom from their elders because having an adamant posture to corrections won't help them in their political journey.

''We are in a political age of maturity. So, we should look at Ghana first when issues are raised but with the young people today, I don't know whether it is personality cult, personality worship; so when you express your view about this COVID-19, then it means you either supporting this or against this. So, they have to get on your nerves...When you explain yourself, it appears the young ones who have come up, I don't know the force pushing them but they will not listen to wisdom or reasoning...This country has to move forward'', he exclaimed.