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Opinions of Saturday, 5 November 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi and his deceptively shallow-minded campaign message

On Friday 4 November 2016, I heard on Peace FM radio news at 06:00 hours a campaign message from Professor Kwamina Ahwoi, a former Government Minister in the Rawlings’ NDC regime. He said almost exactly the following to some students in the Volta region when he visited their school on his campaign tour of the region on behalf of his party, the NDC.

“If you want to see the youths in government and to give yourselves the opportunity to be in government, then vote for President Mahama and the NDC because any Akufo Addo NPP government will not give you the youths, the chance to be in government. Look at how the late President Mills in his vision to give the youths the chance to participate in government did appoint many youngsters into his government as you all see today. This vision has also been followed up by President Mahama. Therefore, I plead with you to vote for President Mahama and the NDC to give yourselves the chance to be in government in future”

I find this campaign message by an alleged accomplished Professor and once a Government Minister extremely infantile. This is a shallow-minded person’s path to take to whip up populist sentiments during electioneering campaign. This message contains no substance able to effective positive changes for the better in the livelihoods of the students he was addressing nor that of the general suffering Ghanaian masses.

I would want the reading public and the students he addressed if they have any chance to read me, to note the following.

The youngsters that the late President Mills and President Mahama had, and have, appointed into their governments have all turned out to be walking with their stomach. They are almost all complete thieves; embezzling public funds gluttonously with both hands. If this was not so, former President Rawlings wouldn’t boldly publicly say that President Mills has filled his government with greedy bastards and babies with sharp teeth.

It is obvious how Okudzeto Ablakwah, Omane Boamah, Kobby Acheampong, Ofosu Kwakye and a host of these youths in government have turned government into a fertile ground for acquiring immense riches overnight to the detriment of the general public. Is this how Professor Kwamena Ahwoi expects the youths to be in government to become? Is he happy about how the youths in government are selfishly plundering the wealth of Ghana for their own use?

Look again at how Kofi Adams, Koku Anyidoho, Sam George and many more youths in NDC are amassing wealth at the suffering of the Ghanaian population. Because they are young and energetic and are competing among themselves for girlfriends, flashy cars and posh houses to prove who is who to the others, they are stealing Ghana’s money as though tomorrow never comes. This is a fact. Is this what Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, himself once a member of the stealing brigade probably, want for the youths and Ghana?

He had better give me a break from his absurd messages to the youths meant only to deceptively obtain their votes free of charge.

Are the youths that he addressed, assuming they are fair-minded youngsters, happy about how their fellow youngsters in government as mentioned above, are greedily misappropriating State funds and also encouraging insults, corruption, lawlessness and practice of selective justice in the country?

For the youths to be in government to steal and to commit all the evil acts and practices as currently the behaviour of those in the President Mahama’s NDC-led government, then I will rather prefer the youths to be out of government.

We want people who will think about the collective interests of Ghanaians to be in government, regardless of their age. This is better than having specifically, youths, who will in the exhibition of their youthful exuberances, may not think twice, let alone thrice, when they go on depletion spree to empty the coffers of the State to the detriment of the general public.

A classic example is how Alex Segbefia, now the Health Minister and Barton Odro in complicity did assist Alfred Agbesi Woyome to dupe Ghana out of GHC51.2 million. Woyome is refusing to pay back the money to the State despite a Supreme Court’s judgment obliging him to refund the money he so fraudulently obtained from the State, to the State. This is the character of Professor Kwamena Ahwoi’s youths in government for you!

I see Professor Kwamena Ahwoi as simply an obdurate sinner who is unfazed about the thievery in his NDC government as being perpetrated and perpetuated by all the young men and women in government.

Shame on Professor Kwamena Ahwoi for propagating such a shallow-minded person’s campaign message which is devoid of substance.

Nana Akufo Addo’s government will appoint qualified persons, regardless of their age, to serve Ghana and Ghanaians as Government Ministers. People of integrity is all that matters but not having necessarily a percentage of a particular age or tribal group of people in government.

Rockson Adofo

(Written on Friday 4 November 2016)