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Politics of Monday, 24 September 2012

Source: Ophelia Baah

Joy Storms the West

*Promises to support women in small-scale businesses

The Western Region became the centre of attraction over the weekend when Independent presidential aspirant, Jacob Osei Yeboah popularly known as “JOY2012” paid a 3 -day visit to the region.

Scores of people gathered at the Takoradi market circle to welcome the independent presidential aspirant. Amongst them were traders, school children and several others.

Mr. Osei Yeboah explained that, the Independent Presidential System (IPS) of governance is the only alternative to political party system as enshrined in the constitution, adding that the only panacea to building cohesive society that can use meritorious expertise of all Ghanaians is the Unity Government.

Mr. Yeboah stated that his independent system of government has outlined a business plan for women in both large and small scale businesses.

He said this deliberate policy by his team is to empower the nation economically, adding “when you empower a woman economically you empower the whole nation with children being well catered for at home.”

According to him, his government will fund small-scale business dealers with a capital that will help improve their businesses technically and profitably.

The most important issue is mining for sustainable development with high sense of environmental protection for the future generation.

Mr. Yeboah‘s next port of call was at Tamso, in the Tarkwa mining area where hundreds gathered at the Tamso school park to welcome him. Whiles at Tarkwa Mr. Yeboah met with the Chiefs and people of Tamso and urged the people to call on government to fund small scale mining since large scale mining has been taken over by foreigners.

The independent presidential aspirant continued his tour to the Sekondi Metropolis where he paid a courtesy call on the Muslim community at the Central Mosque in Sekondi.

He reiterated his stance for the Zongo communities to ensure that schools within their area are highly resourced to enable children climb up the academic ladder like wealthy children.

He stated in nostalgia how formerly one undertook the Hajj pilgrimage quietly but said unfortunately it has been politicized and fraught with frustrations.

He promised to depoliticize Hajj and restore the sanctity of the pilgrimage.

The independent aspirant also embarked on a door- to -door campaign at the Sekondi Metropolis.

Mr. Jacob Osei Yeboah finally ended his tour in the Western Region when he paid a courtesy call on the paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kwabena Nketia (V).

In his delivery to the paramount chief, the independent aspirant emphasised the need for chiefs to form part of the Second Upper Parliament to restore dignity of past mistakes made by the Big Six and respect to the elderly in society.

He also mentioned that the final report of the Constitution Review Commission to the government is an excellent representation of the voice of the people. However he expressed his greatest disappointment at the government’s white paper on the CRC report describing it as a hoax.

According to him, in spite of the various meetings the Commission had with stakeholders, its report was only minimally accepted by the government and described government’s action as a waste of the tax payer’s resources.

JOY said Abraham Lincoln, in his famous Gettysburg address, affirmed democracy as “the government of the people, by the people and for the people”.

He therefore called on National House of Chiefs through Nana Nketia to look into the government’s white paper and give its findings so that it will help improve the lives of citizens.

An invitation was extended to Mr. Yeboah by the Ghana Methodist Student Union (GHAMSU) branch of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he delivered a speech on the importance of applying innovative methods to improve the technological system in the country.

As an Alumnus Electrical Engineer, he charged the students through KNUST slogan “The knot of wisdom is untied by the wise” and alluded to the fact that his team is ready to untie the knot of wisdom tied by colonial masters in order to meaningfully declare true freedom to the nation.

He is expected to tour the Eastern Region soon.

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