Prez Mahama must be given high marks in first 100 days – Dr Apaak

Convener of the Forum for Governance and Justice Dr Clement Abass Apaak says President John Dramani Mahama has acquitted himself well in his first 100 days in office as president of Ghana, though he questioned the index by which some Ghanaians are assessing the president’s first 100 days.

“He has been fair, firm and hardworking. In the face of the difficulties many others would have sold state property,” Dr Apaak said on TV3’s 7GMT on Tuesday.

He noted that President Mahama has ensured that there is proper supply of electricity though there was shortfall in power.

He said though workers are pressurising him to pay arrears, President Mahama has been firm “and not selling state property to pay arrears.”

Dr Apaak mentioned that even with the Election Petition lingering, President Mahama has appointed his ministers.

“He has also passed his budget within that same period,” he added.

“So we must give him very high marks.”



Minority’s action comical – Dr Apaak

The recent action of the Minority in Parliament has been described as comical.
“It’s comical. They would have served their constituents well if they sat to listen to the president’s address last Thursday,” said Dr Clement Abass Apaak while discussing the Minority’s non-engagement in deliberations on President John Dramani Mahama’s state-of-the-nation address.

He was speaking on TV3’s late news analysis programme News @10.

Dr Apaak, who is the Convener for the Forum of Governance and Justice, said President Mahama “truly” laid out what the state of the nation is.

He condemned attempts by the Minority to deliver what it describes as THE TRUE state-of-the-nation address.

“It’s a very confused stance that is not sustainable,” he said.

“This tendency of selective participation is undermining their divided attention,” he stated.

Dr Apaak also condemned a new phenomenon which subjects members who express dissenting views in a group to a barrage of criticisms.

Recently, economist Kwame Mpianim and energy expert Dr Wereko Brobbey were verbally attacked by some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for expressing dissenting opinions.

“I think it is not unusual that members of a party express dissenting views,” he told host Bright Nana Amfoh on Tuesday.

He said attacks on such persons smack of intolerance.

“That is a clear display of intolerance. People have the right to express their opinion,” he added.

Dr Apaak, however, cautioned that “people raise concerns with all sort of reasons” and that must be taken cognizance of.