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Politics of Wednesday, 4 September 2019


Mahama will be sworn-in for the third time - Yamoah Ponkoh

Former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ejisu-Juaben in the Ashanti Region, Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh, is in high spirits and optimistic of former President John Dramani Mahama making history in the 2020 general elections.

He strongly believes Mr Mahama will surely be sworn-in for the third time in 2021, adding that Ghanaians everywhere are clamouring for his comeback, as evidenced recently when some nursing training students went on their knees begging for forgiveness for voting against him [Mahama]

“...history is going to be made as it is not Mahama’s own will that he is coming back to power; we are pushing him including Ghanaians who are crying for him to come back to power....The nurses’ allowances you are talking about that Mahama cancelled, they voted against him and another government promised to pay and he is paying but these same nurses are still crying and so what do we say to that?” he inquired.

Speaking proverbially in an interview with Kwame Nkrumah Tikesie on OkayFM's "Ade Akye Abia" Morning Show, Mr. Ponkoh pointed out that the nursing training students, having tasted water and alcohol, now know which of the two substances is heavier.

“There was and is wisdom in what former President Mahama told the nursing and teacher trainees at that time and these young ones did not understand him, thinking that he was being wicked and they voted against him. But these same young ones have realised that even though President Akufo-Addo is giving them the allowances, they are better off without them”, he stressed.

The former MCE also challenged the 54,000 figure quoted by the Ministry of Health that the present administration has employed that number of nurses since President Akufo-Addo took over office; a little over two years ago.

“There is no data showing that the Akufo-Addo government has employed 54,000 nurses; this is pure lies that this government is still peddling. It is not true unless they produce the data of nurses employed in the health sector. We need empirical evidence and not mere quoting of figures but I cannot say the government has not employed nurses into the health sector but then they are under obligation to employ them because he promised them. It is their birthright that after school, they must be employed by the government but where has he employed the 54, 000 nurses? That is pure lies....these people (NPP) are still shamefully engaging in the deceit they perpetrated prior to the 2016 elections," he challenged.