A leading member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former Regional Organiser of the erstwhile Brong-Ahafo Region, Mr Yaw Dabie Appiah-Mensah, has challenged government appointees to strictly adhere to the government’s laid down strategies aimed at achieving the objectives of the various socio-economic policies and programmes.
He said the government’s policies and programmes could be successful only when those charged with their implementation did their work devoid of personal interest while refraining from acts that could undermine the very work they had been entrusted with.
“It is unfortunate that some appointees are thinking about their future political prospects instead of assisting the President to achieve his vision to ensure that the country would depend on its own resources and end its dependence on its foreign partners,” he stated.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic about the attitude of some government appointees, he said “I have observed that some of the appointees are “running shoulder-to-shoulder with the President.”
The role of foot soldiers
“This is not what we as foot soldiers of the party expect them to do. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the only President and we trust that he is capable of implementing the right policies and programmes to take the country out of its socio-economic problems”.
Mr Appiah-Mensah said if any of the government appointees had presidential ambition, they should shelve it and give their best to justify the confidence that the President had reposed in them.
He explained that the Ghana Beyond Aid concept was a well-thought out concept which should be embraced by all government appointees since Ghana could not continue to “go out with cap in hand begging for money in order to provide for basic amenities for its people.”
“That is the vision of the President and all his appointees should be committed to its ideals instead of subtly pushing their presidential agenda to the fore to the detriment of the work they have been entrusted to do,” Mr Appiah-Mensah stated.
Commenting on the just-ended NDC primaries, Mr Appiah-Mensah said the NDC’s new crop of candidates were not different from their predecessors who plundered the limited state resources.
According to him, former President John Mahama and his team would bring virtually nothing new to the table in 2020, and it would be a huge gamble for Ghanaians to hand back power to the NDC.
He said President Akufo-Addo was righting the wrongs of Mahama’s administration and therefore Ghanaians must trust him with more years as the President of this Republic.