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Politics of Thursday, 2 August 2007

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Hackman Donates Club House To NPP

President John Agyekum Kufuor yesterday inaugurated a Club House which is to serve as a central point for the exchange of ideas between Ministers, Parliamentarians, party executives, foot soldiers and supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party. The building, which was donated by Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, a founding executive member of the NPP and MP for New Juaben North, and his family, would also offer party members an informal ambience to discuss matters of interest.

President Kufuor said the gift is a "great one" since it would bond the party together as the founders of the tradition that evolved into the NPP, J B Danquah and Kofi Abrefa Busia, had always advocated.

In brief remarks, Mr Owusu-Agyemang, said "My observation in 2001 when I became the Foreign Minister was that our party had no place to share bread together as compared to other associations."

This, he said, motivated him to acquire a structure that would provide a relaxed atmosphere for the holding of both formal and informal party meetings. The building has three upper lounges, the first one named after President Kufuor, in appreciation for his selfless contribution to the growth and sustenance of the party and the nation.

The second chamber has been named after B J da Rocha, first national chairman of the 15 year old party, while the third has been named after the late Adu Boahen, first flagbearer of the NPP. The extension lounge has been named after the unsung heroes and foot solders of the party.

The Club House would be open every day; Mr da Rocha would usually be in attendance to share his deep well of political knowledge with the new generation of politicians.