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Mahama’s vision of Ghana’s woes blurred – Nduom

Two-time presidential candidate Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom says since the beginning of the 21st century, Ghana has not suffered worse times than it is suffering now.

Dr Nduom added, however, that the President, John Dramani Mahama, has refused to come to terms with the current state of the country.

The Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) suggests that President Mahama’s stance may be as a result of his frequent travels in the presidential jet.

“Our President John Dramani Mahama still insists that Ghana is not facing a crisis but just going through some challenges,” Dr Nduom stated. “Perhaps as he flies sky high in the Presidential jet, he does not see our problems in close range. Perhaps the height blurs the vision.”

He wrote on his official Facebook page: “Those of us at ground level see and experience serious problems of power outage (dum, dum), unemployment, high cost of production, stress leading to high blood pressure even among our youth and preventable diseases such as cholera among others.

“We suffer humiliation when we travel abroad due to the stigma of cholera and corruption.”

He has challenged the citizens to take up the mantle to tackle the problems, if leadership would not.

“We must show the best citizenship by conserving power, paying our taxes, cleaning our homes and work places and disposing the garbage responsibly, stop urinating openly in public spaces and work for maximum results as employees and employers. We must buy what we produce here in Ghana so we can create jobs for our people. When things go wrong lets open our mouths and talk. But let’s protect the image of our country at all times.”

Dr Nduom, however, challenged the president to rise to the occasion.

“Leaders are not made for the best of times. Leaders show their worth during bad times.”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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It is gov’t responsibility to collect taxes and clean cities – Nduom

Two-time presidential candidate Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has condemned the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in its attempt to promulgate a law to make the National Sanitation Day mandatory.

“This is another example of leadership gone bad,” stated the Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

According to the Former Minister of Public Sector Reforms, the Ministry’s decision lends credence to his call for the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

“One of the key responsibilities of local governments in America, Japan, UK, South Africa and indeed Ghana, is to keep their environments clean and ensure a healthy people,” he stated on his official Facebook Page over the weekend.

He said it is within government’s remit to keep the cities clean to prevent the outbreak of diseases.

“Governments have a responsibility to collect taxes from us, and with it, clean our villages, towns and cities and keep us away from cholera, malaria, guinea worm, etc.”

“This is what the current administration and future ones must do in Ghana.”

He described as a shirking of responsibility on the part of government by blaming the filth that has engulfed the country’s cities on its citizens.

“In the same way, when utility companies insist on pre-paid meters because they are not able to bill and collect what is due them, it tells us of management gone bad.

“Let’s fix the real problem of incompetence. And let’s give the people the right to elect directly their local leaders.”

The second edition of the National Sanitation Day was held last Saturday, December 6 and it was greeted with apathy, TV3 learns.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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Show us some respect and talk to us well – Nduom warns gov’t

Two-time presidential candidate Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has warned persons in leadership positions to respect the rights of “we the people” when complaints about the country’s difficulties are made.

The Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) listed this as one of six wishes he hopes to see fulfilled in 2015 on the part of government.

He claims government gave a deaf ear to them in 2014.

“That when we the people complain about difficulties that confront us as we live in our own country, leaders in government will show us some respect and talk to us in a manner that will give us hope for a better tomorrow.”

Dr Nduom firstly charged all including himself to “work hard to improve the living conditions of workers, the poor, the aged and children”.

War against corruption

Writing on his official Facebook page over the weekend, PPP’s 2012 Presidential Candidate also called for an amendment of the constitution with regard to appointment of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) and the office of the Attorney General (AG) and Ministry of Justice.

While recommending the election of MMDCEs, Dr Nduom charged President John Dramani Mahama to ensure that the office of the AG and the Ministry of Justice are separated “so that an independent prosecutor can lead a serious effort in the war against corruption”.

He also asked all politicians to focus on developing Ghana and improving the standards of living next year instead of concentrating on the 2016 elections.

“I wish all Ghanaians good health, tolerance for each other’s opinions and a good life in 2015,” he concluded.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana