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This ‘bronya’ is too dry – CPP Gen. Sec tells NDC gov’t

In a heretical delivery of a solidarity message at the delegates’ congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Ivor Greenstreet descended heavily on the ruling party, saying “nobody is feeling your ‘Better Ghana Agenda’”.

Mr Greenstreet said the energy crisis and perception of corruption are suffocating Ghanaians.

“Ghanaians are not happy at all,” he stated.

“This bronya is dry…too, too dry.”

The message by CPP’s General Secretary did not go down well with delegates including the leader of the party, John Dramani Mahama, who restrained himself from replying Mr Greenstreet.

“Government is a continuum and I’m therefore not one to play the blame game, and I’ve therefore had to restrain myself from responding frontally to the solidarity message that was given by our colleagues from the CPP.”

But Mr Greenstreet had earlier observed that: “The most painful thing of all is that you don’t care.”

Other political parties including the New Patriotic Party (NPP) also delivered their solidarity messages.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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CPP’s Yahaya to lobby for investments for Kumbungu

Newly-elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kumbungu Constituency Moses Amadu Yahaya admits that lobbying is his strength and he will capitalize on that to draw more investors into the constituency.

“I have been lobbying for many years so I don’t think it will be a problem for me,” the Convention People’s Party (CPP) MP told our correspondent in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

Talking about his victory, Mr Yahaya noted that it came as a shock to everybody since little chance was given to a candidate of the CPP.

“It has been a great victory and everyone is pleased about that. It has shocked the whole world because no one gave us a dog’s chance to annex this seat,” he told Edward Kwabi.

He observed that he will fight to get boreholes drilled for communities in the constituency.

“Then [I will ensure] construction of schools and then provision of potable water to the communities especially pipe-borne water,” he said.

“But what I will do is continue the work I am doing and adding more vim to this work,” he added.

He also promised not to let going into Parliament late affect his commitment to work for constituents.

“You will be surprised that at the end of my tenure in the next three years you will see what Moses has done in Kumbungu.”

Mr Yahaya polled 13,029 votes to beat closest contender Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu in a by-election held April 30, 2013.

Source: news.com|Ghana

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CPP’s Amadu Yahaya to work in the spirit of party’s ideology

Newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu Constituency Amadu Moses Yahaya is expected to work within his party’s ideology.

“We expect to see him work in the spirit and letter of the party’s ideology and be guided by the will of the people in the constituency for change.”

In a statement to thank constituents, the Electoral Commission (EC) and security services at post during last Tuesday’s by-election, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) did not hide its joy at seeing its candidate win a seat in Parliament and noted: “The Party would support and demonstrate its commitment by helping him achieve the overall political goal.”

“The Party believes that the election of Amadu Moses Yahaya is a bold statement on strengthening parliamentary democracy in Ghana and to cause change in the one-way pattern of Ghana’s two-party political system,” the statement said.

Mr Yahaya emerged winner of the Kumbungu by-election to become the only CPP Member of the Sixth Parliament.

He polled 13,029 votes to beat closest contender Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu.


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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CPP wins Kumbungu by-election

Candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the Kumbungu by-election held on Tuesday, Moses Amadu Yahaya, emerged victorious.

The by-election was instanced by the abdication of the seat by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who was appointed earlier this year to serve as the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

Yahaya, 61, polled 13,029 votes to beat favourite Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Alhaji Kakpagu polled 11,896 votes out of a total of 39,478 registered voters in the Constituency.

A third candidate, Ahmed Nasiru Mohammed, represented the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). He polled 228 votes to come third.

Rejected ballots numbered 634.

Voter turn-out was 55 per cent.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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CPP marks 41 years after Nkrumah’s death

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has marked the 41st anniversary of the death of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, its founder, bemoaning the moral decadence that has characterised successive governments since his overthrow.

“We note this day that successive governments since his overthrow and subsequent death have singularly and spectacularly failed to provide the same vision and programme directed towards improving the living standards and cultural and spiritual needs of Ghanaians,” a statement issued by Nii Armah Akumfrah, Communications Director of the Party, said.

Below is the full statement:

Forty-One years ago today, in Bucharest, Romania…Africa’s greatest son Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah left this human plane and Ghana as well as Africa became a much diminished place. We are consoled by words of the great man himself – “AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, I AM IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT DEATH CAN NEVER EXTINGUISH THE TORCH THAT I HAVE LIT IN GHANA AND AFRICA, LONG AFTER I AM DEAD AND GONE THE LIGHT WILL CONTINUE TO BURN AND BE BORNE ALOFT PROVIDING LIGHT AND GUIDANCE TO ALL PEOPLE”

Kwame Nkrumah was the founder of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and thus the Party remembers him on this day, recalling that the party he founded served as the vanguard for the liberation and emancipation of Ghana and Africa.

“I have never regarded the struggles for the independence of the Gold Coast, as an isolated objective, but always as a part of a general world historical pattern. Africans of all the territories of this vast continent shall wake up and nothing shall stand in the way of their fight for freedom.

It is our duty, since we constitute the vanguard, to give all possible assistance to those currently waging battles that we have put on the right track; our task is not done and our safety is not secured until the last vestiges of colonialism are eliminated from the African continent” Nkrumah said.

We recall also that this was a humble man from humble beginnings who rose to become one of the greatest Africans – He had worked as a labourer in a soap factory and as a ship waiter, as a retail salesperson, and many other things to keep body and soul together.

We recall his great and exceptional talent and ability to organize and to unite.

It was Kwame Nkrumah who drafted the historic declaration of the 5th Pan-African Congress of Manchester, addressed to “The Colonial Peoples of the World”.

The 5th Pan African Congress calls on all workers and peasants of the colonies to organize themselves.

The 5th Pan African Congress also called on all the intellectuals and the professionals of the colonies to take on their responsibilities.

The workers rose to the challenge but many wonder if the intellectuals and professionals have yet taken on their responsibility on the continent.

In a decade of struggle from 1947 to 1957 Nkrumah was able to put the first plank in place on his life’s mission – firstly independence for Ghana, to be followed by liberation from colonialism as well as the unity of all nations of the Continent.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah not only contributed to the liberation of the continent but globally in the struggle against imperialism.

In his book Towards Colonial Freedom, he noted “The Way Forward” thus:

A) The intensification of the crisis within the colonial powers in their colonies.

B) The intensification of the crisis in the colonies and the growth of liberation movements against local colonial governments on the colonial front.

C) Under conditions of imperialism, it may not be possible to plot a war, but collaboration between proletarian movements in capitalist countries and liberation movements in the colonies against the imperialist front of the world is inevitable.

Nkrumah demonstrates that he is not just a theoretician on the colonial problem, but a man of action who shows the way, who mobilizes the masses, and who advances the cause of liberation.

His mission was clear – the attainment of a complete and unconditional independence, and the building of states in which true development of each person is a condition for the development of all.

This great man becomes a great African because he was fully committed to the struggle for the unity of the newly liberated nations and gave assistance to countries that were still fighting for independence – when Guinea, under Sekou Toure, untangled itself from French colonial bondage, and France responded with economic reprisals. Nkrumah provided financial assistance to meet Guinea’s most pressing needs. He acted similarly when in 1960, Modibo Keita’s Mali, grappled with serious economic crisis on attaining independence.

In 1961, under Nkrumah’s Leadership a Conference between Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Libya, United Arab Republic and the provisional government of the Algerian Republic took the decision to support the National Liberation Front of Algeria and the Lumumba forces in the Congo, in addition to the adoption of the African Charter condemning colonialism.

In March of the same year, he forces Apartheid South Africa to withdraw application for readmission to the Commonwealth when he threatened to withdraw if apartheid South Africa’s membership was allowed to continue.

Nkrumah was one of the founders of the Organization of African Unity; he took the first steps towards creating OSPAAAL (Organization of Solidarity of African, Asian, and Latin American People) and he was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

It was Nkrumah who proposed the creation of a seat for Africa in the United Nations Security Council.

The list of achievements is endless but we wish to summarise a few thus:

        He represented a symbol of hope and emancipation for Africans globally and all oppressed peoples everywhere in the world.
        Nkrumah believed that it was only through industrialization that Ghana and the rest of independent Africa could catch up with the developed nations of the world.
        He built factories and industries in Ghana, the Tema Harbour, new roads, and expanded the Civil Service.
        He constructed the Akosombo Dam to provide electricity both for Ghana and the neighboring states.
        He broke the monopoly of the multinational corporations in the Ghanaian economy, through nationalization policies. He created more jobs in the economy and increased wages.
        He built new hospitals and pipe-borne water
        He encouraged and financed sports to introduce Ghana to the world.
        Nkrumah ensured that AAfricans took charge of their own affairs and reclaimed their dignity in the world
        He introduced free basic education for all children in Ghana by abolishing school fees at this level.
        He expanded education by building more schools to increase enrollments.
        He built teacher colleges to train teachers for the schools.
        He built several secondary schools (high schools).
        He built three universities: The University of Ghana, Cape Coast University, and the University of Science & Technology.

We note this day that successive governments since his overthrow and subsequent death have singularly and spectacularly failed to provide the same vision and programme directed towards improving the living standards and cultural and spiritual needs of Ghanaians.

Since his death a privileged few have benefitted, billions of cedis of Ghana’s money is spent anyhow without accountability, billions of cedis is acquired corruptly through questionable procurement practices, billions more go to waste and financial irregularity, free privileges such as ex-gratia payments continue whilst the majority of Ghanaians are asked to be patient and to hope and wait for their share in a better Ghana.

Public disenchantment with corruption, economic mismanagement, and political misrule has reached its peak.

Kwame Nkrumah’s light continues to burn and provide guidance to a new generation who will today turn up in their thousands at a rally in Kumbungu, Northern Region to remember him.

Many Mosques and Churches have prayed for his soul and everlasting peace, on Friday and over the coming days at the request of the CPP Leadership

Honour and glory to Dr Kwame Nkrumah – Founder of the Convention People’s Party.

Young men and women across the African continent will forever raise high a banner in your honour – Rest in Peace Osagyefo


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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CPP lauds Ahmadinejad’s visit to Ghana

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has praised the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to West Africa especially to Ghana.

The Party, founded by Ghana’s first president , underlined the role Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah played in the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) of which President Ahmadinejad is current chairman.

“We recall that The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) comprising of a group of states which are not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc, founded in Belgrade in 1961, was largely conceived by five world leaders including Ghana’s first president and founder of the CPP Dr Kwame Nkrumah . NAM now has 120 members and 17 observer countries,” a statement signed by Nii Armah Akomfrah, Communications Director of the Party said.

It added: “Fidel Castro’s Havana Declaration of 1979 that the purpose of the organization is to ensure ‘the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries’ in their ‘struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics’, is still relevant today in a world of globalization and entrenched exploitation.”

The statement stressed the Iranian president’s visit is in line with the foreign policy of CPP.

“We wish President Ahmadinejad well on his African tour and hope this would lead to greater South/South cooperation,” CPP said.

“We hope that the17th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2015 would further strengthen the spirit of NAM and revive commitment to the original purpose of the organization.”


Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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PPP, CPP to run in Kumbungu by-election

Though the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has indicated it will not contest for the Kumbungu Constiuency by-election, other opposition parties have expressed preparedness to contest for the seat abdicated by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni after his appointment as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) says its constituency executives have resolved to run in the April 30 by-elections.

“Our constituency executives are prepared and they have resolved to run,” said Nii Armah Akomfrah, the Party’s Communications Director.

“Our regional executives have similarly resolved to back the candidate and they are in discussion with our national leadership and it is likely we will be running,” he added.

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) cited the current labour unrests in the country as what constituents will be considering in voting for the Party.

“The feedback we are getting from them indicates that the place looks very bright even though traditionally it has been an NDC seat,” said Paa Kow Ackon, Deputy National Secretary of the Party.

“We are very hopeful especially with the current tension which is brewing in the country that the people will look at the current stalemate and give PPP the chance.”

The National Organiser of the People’s National Convention, Emmanuel Wilson, stated that the national executive of the party is preparing to get to the region to provide its support “to make sure the seat over there goes to the PNC”.

Candidates have been asked to file nominations on April 16 and April 17 prior to the by-elections.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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NDC has failed on its ‘Delivery’ promise – CPP

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has dubbed the next 4 years as an “Era for Delivery”. The CPP has also stated that “In or out of Parliamentary we would put Government under unprecedented scrutiny”.

Seven months ago in September 2012 President John Mahama outlined his “Critical Policy” Action Plan at which he made a bold commitment on “DELIVERY”.

“The way we do business in Government must change; Ministries, Departments and Agencies need to change. Too often, our bureaucracy is slow, sometimes appearing not to be responsive to citizen’s demands and needs. Targets set are either too low, or when the ministries plan these targets, they are not achieved”

The President went on to say that he has instructed key Ministers – health, education, water supply and electricity, to provide his office with a delivery plan for the commitments he makes. That a Delivery Unit has been established at the Office of the President which will guide the implementation of delivery and review performance on a bi-weekly basis.

The country has since witnessed crisis in all these areas and a number of questions thus arise – Was the Delivery Unit set up?, What Delivery Plans were provided to it?, What review mechanism was put in place by the Delivery Unit against any plans submitted?.

Among the priorities that the President set for his Government were:

    Maintaining discipline in government expenditure so as to avoid unbudgeted expenditure that can distort the economy.
    Effectively implementing the single spine salary structure for public services so that improved remuneration for our public servants can lead to increased productivity in their performance.

Given the recent revelation about massive overspending at several Ministries including the Office of The President; and the spate of industrial action that has engulfed the country, associated with the SSSS, most Ghanaians would conclude that the government has failed on these priorities.

Under Various Headings – MACRO-ECONOMIC STABILITY , GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE MANAGEMENT , SINGLE SPINE SALARY STRUCTURE, AGRICULTURE , INDUSTRY AND PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT , JOB CREATION, ACCELERATING INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT , OIL AND GAS , SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES , HEALTH , EDUCATION, SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS , GOVERNANCE AND ANTICORRUPTION etc., the President had issued various directives :

    The Economic Management Team should maintain discipline in government expenditure “so that we do not incur unplanned expenses, especially in an election year”
    Completion by the MOFEP of the comprehensive database for all MDA contracts to improve the management of central government commitments.
    Completion of the migration and payment of arrears under the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) by the end of 2012.
    Minister of Finance to recommend short and medium-term measures to restore the balance among government expenditures on personal emoluments, goods and services, and capital and infrastructure development that is consonant with our middle income status.
    No new projects are allowed to be undertaken without strict adherence to the discipline of the national budget.
    Each sector minister” has to give an account of their compliance with this directive. I am convening a Cabinet meeting next week to receive briefings from each sector on this directive. On the basis of these briefings, the Minister of Finance will also brief Cabinet on the outlook for government expenditure over the remainder of this year. “
    The Minister of Finance and the Controller and Accountant-General were required to ensure completion of the biometric records of public servants throughout the country by the end of 2012.
    “Contractors who have done their projects will be duly paid without any further delay and I have instructed the Minister of Finance to provide Cabinet with a detailed presentation of any arrears owed to contactors this month and to indicate the steps being taken to effect payments forthwith.”
    The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission take remaining steps towards completion of the single spine salary structure by the end of 2012.
    The Public Service Commission to furnish him with a revised framework for performance in all public service institutions, which must be completed at least quarterly.

The government has failed on discipline in government expenditure, payment of arrears to workers and contractors, new framework on performance. They need to confirm to the nation delivery against the remaining directives.

    The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to extract from the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) and the trade statistics potential manufacturing activities, review with the ministries, the Association of Ghana Industries and the Private Enterprise Foundation. Thereafter, a transparent program instituted to market the manufacturing opportunities to Ghanaian businesses. “I expect the identification of the potential manufacturing activities to be completed this week and for the discussions with industry to commence next week”, the President said.
    Instituting a hot-line system, which will receive complaints of bureaucratic impediments to accelerated private sector operations, for both domestic and foreign investors. These complains will be investigated and actions taken forthwith.
    The creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit charged with investigating unfair trading practices in this country. More inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. Government will make sure that no foreign company has an undue advantage over Ghanaian manufacturing when it comes to accessing financing or new markets.
    The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare to “provide my office with a comprehensive list of all job-creation initiatives that are scattered all over the government system. We will begin the process of harmonizing all these into a more coherent, predictable and verifiable agency for job creation.

We are not aware that manufacturing opportunities are being marketed to Ghanaian Businesses, Unfair trade practices continue unabated, and as you read this a major National Park is being destroyed by Chinese loggers.

Ghanaian businesses continue to struggle to access finance or new markets.

The country is still waiting for the “Verifiable Agency for Job Creation” and the hotline system for complaints.

    Immediate steps to address the load-shedding challenge, with Inter-Ministerial committee chaired by the Minister of Energy to engage the critical consumers of electricity, health and water supply facilities and key private industry establishments, to implement measures that will ensure that the nation’s strategic services and industry are not unduly disrupted.
    The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURC) to strengthen their citizen complaints unit, and publish what measures they have taken when citizens complain of poor service from Electricity Corporation and Water Supply service providers.
    By the end of October, we will have an additional 300 megawatts of electricity production that will come online for distribution, and this should greatly reduce the inconvenience of load-shedding.
    Oil Companies to be held to compliance with provisions in the agreements that they have entered into that require them to employ Ghanaians to the maximum extent possible in all aspects of their operations. The targets that were set for employment of Ghanaians as well as their training in the Development Plan approved for the Jubilee field in July 2009 have to be adhered to, with the Minister of Energy to communicate with the companies in respect of compliance with commitments they made.
    A team in The President’s office and the NDPC to work closely with the two Regional Coordinating Councils and relevant stakeholders towards establishing the Western Corridor Development Authority, covering the Western and Central regions.
    Putting mechanisms in place for the investigation of the death of persons who die in our health posts under suspicious circumstances are addressed.
    Evaluating and determining the adequacy of the cost containment strategies of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
    Presenting within a month, a list of additional sources of funding for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
    Engaging critical stakeholders for an open consideration of options for the long term sustainability of the NHIS, including a discussion of the One Time Premium policy.

The public is fully aware how the situation unfolded on this front and the deterioration in power and water supply, and responses when they complained. The country awaits the setting up of the WCDA and an update on progress.

After 4 years of the Jubilee Development Plans the country needs to know how many more years before the Companies are compelled to comply.

We also need to know if the investments in banking, industry, and the mineral sector in our country is targeting local job creation and the development of local capacity.

The recent crisis on the NHIS would testify that there has been no progress on the NHIS directives.

    Consolidating and coalescing LESDEP, LEAP, the School Feeding Programme, the one laptop per child policy, Free School uniform project, as the basis for a new initiative for Ghana’s Social Protection Program
    The Department of State Protocol to immediately produce new protocols for the management of national events to include roles for key officials of all political parties and the awardees of national awards, no matter their political coloration.
    Meeting within one month Political Party leaders at an ice-breaking meeting.
    The Minister for Justice and Attorney-General to ensure that all monies paid to persons and institutions that do not deserve them are retrieved through all legal means at the disposal of the State.

Most Ghanaians would agree that the government has failed on all the above.

On SADA the President had said that “SADA through its greening the Northern Savannah ecological zone agenda, has partnered with a private sector group to grow and nurture 5 million trees in the next 12 months.”

We are now aware of the nepotism involved on this and that only 5 to 10% of this had been carried out to date, 7 months into the President’s 12months timeline.

The President had said about his directives that – “These urgent actions are directives from the Office of the President. They will have verifiable outcomes which will be reported to my office on a monthly basis. Performance against these will be verifiable

The nation awaits the verdict of the “Delivery Unit”; the nation can then make up its own mind.

Source: CPP Communications Directorate

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CPP’s Nana Frimponmaa kicks against MPs ex-gratia

The 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate of the Convention People’s Party has asked all eligible voters across the length and breadth of the country not to re-elect any Member of Parliament back to the House until they decline the huge ex-gratia paid them at this crucial time.

“Do not cast your ballot for any Member of Parliament until they do what is right”.

Nana Akosua Frimponmaa II has expressed displeasure at the quantum of payments of monies that has been given to Former Members of Parliament when workers are agitating for salaries.

“How can MP receive this whopping amount when teachers are on strike, Doctors, Pharmacists, Judicial Service Workers and many others are also threatening to go on strike? Is it not a shame that people who have been voted to represent us and ensure our welfare are only thinking about themselves alone?

“Let us all wake up from our slumber as Ghanaian voters and demand that the people we have sent to represent us in Parliament do not only go there to enact laws that suit them.

“How can people who are working and receiving huge salaries at the end of every month, have access to everything they want, pay them huge ex-gratia and attribute this to Constitution?”

Government has released the money to be paid to former MPs who served in the fifth Parliament of the fourth republic as Ex-Gratia.

However, the same government has refused to pay in full Salary arrears of University Teachers who are on strike.

“What kind of unfair and discriminatory circumstance do we find ourselves,” she asks.

“Let us all rise up and fight against this discrimination that has been enshrined in the Constitution.

“Again, until MPs are able to address the concerns in this Country, no one should vote them to represent any Constituency.

“I also want to throw a challenge to all the MPs that if they are really in Parliament for the interest of the people of Ghana then they should offer their ex-gratia as part of what they say is sacrificial to settle the labour unrest which is basically Salary arrears owed Workers them by the government and wait to be paid later.

“I want our MPs to work with “WISDOM” to ensure that all labour concerns have been addressed before they think of taking that huge money. “MPs are supposed to enact laws to favour all of us and not one that will end up enriching their pockets. They are to represent our interest and not their own.

The voter deserves better, she concludes.


Source: CPP

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Consider our children – CPP’s Nana Frimpongmaa tells teachers

2012 Vice Presidential Candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Cherita Akosua Sarpong Kumankomaa has urged teachers to reconsider their decision while returning to the negotiation table with government.

She admitted teachers may be correct in their demands but should consider “that single mother, that farmer, and the struggling market woman whose hopes and aspirations hang on their children getting a better life through education”.

In a letter issued on Tuesday by Madam Sarpong, whose stool name is Nana Frimpongmaa II, government should not waste time in addressing the concerns of teachers as the repercussions are far reaching than they currently look.

“My humble appeal is that: Government should as a matter of urgency address the concerns of the teachers for them to resume duty ASAP. The psychological implication on the performance of our children writing their exams, when a teacher is not around to urge them on might be too far reaching and costly when they fail. We should not appear unconcerned and later seek blame elsewhere over their poor performance. Our Children cannot continue to suffer over our failures as leaders to carry out our responsibilities,” the Dwantoahemaa of the Dormaa Traditional Area stated in her letter.

She also called on the National Labour Commission to be proactive in dealing with labour disputes.

“I want to advise the National Labour Commission to find ways of dealing with workers’ grievances than to wait for it to intensify to the level of an industrial strike,” she advised.

“Can we not have a more sustaining method, a better dialogue for resolution than these perennial strikes that affect the ordinary already-suffering Ghanaian for whose reason we toil to serve?” she asked.

She asked stakeholders to be committed to discussions in order to finding a lasting solution to the impasse.

“I also want to call on all stakeholders to support our children in this difficult time, and to mediate on behalf of the teachers for government to expedite the process in formation of the agreed committee to address their issues,” she stated in her letter.

“I want to tell all children of Ghana that, we are strongly behind them, ‘Don’t feel neglected, keep your head up, be confident and trust in God that with all you have learnt you will succeed with flying colours’,” she concluded.­ 

Source: 3news.com|Ghana