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General News of Friday, 25 August 2017

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Minority challenged to state position on $72 million SSNIT saga

A political movement, Economic Fighters League, has challenged the minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) to react to a controversy at SSNIT in which $72m was allegedly mismanaged in an ICT project.

The political movement says the project which was executed under the NDC government is the latest example which proves, the official opposition has lost moral credibility.

In a statement to the media, the EFL said the NDC was once again silent in the controversial mandatory tow levy which Ghanaians resisted until the government scrapped it.

The mandatory tow levy which was initiated under the Mahama, was set for implementation July 1, 2017, and required all motorists to pay a compulsory annual levy to have their vehicle towed in case of a breakdown.

The EFL also pointed out, the NDC was also caught out in the political issue of the creation of new regions by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

"Only a few days ago just when NDC's Joseph Yieleh Chireh condemned the policy on the creation of new administrative regions, it turned out that the creation of regions was actually an NDC electoral promise".

The political movement also described the NDC as incoherent when it finally spoke on the collapse of two indigenous banks - UT and Capital Banks.

Some have argued, banks struggled under Mahama government due to a protracted energy crisis which hurt businesses' ability to pay back loans.

The licences of the two banks were withdrawn after the Bank of Ghana said the banks were under severe financial pressures.

In all these headline matters of public concern, the NDC was simply, "a paid opposition in Ghana that lacks every morality to speak or criticise any action of this government", the group said.

"The NDC doesn't make sense to anybody any longer, and we know that they can never hold a coherent press conference on it," the Economic Fighters League concluded.

Stating its own position on the controversy, the group called for decisive action because the ordinary citizen's faith in democracy as a preferred system of government is at stake.

EFL said lack of political action on the SSNIT saga is likely to "undermine patriotism, deepen cynicism and encourage an ideological shift in the minds of the youth to consider radical alternatives to democracy".

It described the revelation as evidence of "thievery" among the elite and a "daylight robbery of workers' money".

EPL rallied Ghanaian youth not to give up because it is too early and warned the older generation at the helm of affair not to mess up.

"The youth are too young to give up on the country, its leaders and institutions. The elderly on the other hand are too old to mess up".

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A whopping $72 million of monetary contributions of workers entrusted to SSNIT has vanished into thin air and the official opposition NDC is quiet. The Economic Fighters League challenge it to organise a press conference on this matter.

But of course, what are they going to say?

The NDC doesn't make sense to anybody any longer, and we know that they can never hold a coherent press conference on it.

We didn't hear anything from the NDC on the wicked Tow Levy because as it turned out it was the NDC that initiated the whole move.

Only a few days ago just when NDC's Joseph Yieleh Chireh condemned the policy on the creation of new administrative regions, it turned out that the creation of regions was actually an NDC electoral promise.

The incoherent minority press conference organised after the take over of the UT bank and Capital bank bears testimony to the crisis we are in as a country.

It is no longer an argument to say that the NDC is not a credible political opposition. As things stand, Ghana is in a serious political crisis and in search of a viable and credible political alternative.

We have a paid opposition in Ghana that lacks every morality to speak or criticise any action of this government.

It's important that the political leadership acts decisively and expeditiously to bring all culprits in the thievery and daylight robbery of workers' money to book, absence of which will undermine patriotism, deepen cynicism and encourage an ideological shift in the minds of the youth to consider radical alternatives to democracy.

The youth are too young to give up on the country, its leaders and institutions. The elderly on the other hand are too old to mess up.