Apart from peace, we have failed as a country – Ayariga

Flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the 2012 Presidential Elections Hassan Ayariga says the only legacy Ghana can boast of since the attainment of independence in 1957 is the peace enjoyed in the country.

“Apart from peace, we have failed to build this country,” he said after he joined hundreds of other dignitaries to mark the 56th independence anniversary at the Black Stars Square in Accra on Wednesday.

He blamed the country’s lack of development on the political parties.

“As political parties, we have not been able to bring development to the people of Ghana,” he told TV3’s Roland Walker at the Square.

He reminded Ghanaians of his suggestion of economic freedom during the Institute of Economic Affairs’ presidential debates in the run-up to the 2012 Elections, stressing that if political freedom is separated from economic freedom there will be a clear-cut plan in developing the country.

He also indicated that if the political parties have stuck to one policy at a time, Ghana would have developed in many areas by now.

“If say the NPP tackles health and clears there and the NDC takes education and addresses all problems in the sector, there would have been little to do by now,” he explained.

He was, however, delighted over President John Dramani Mahama’s resolve to advance development in the country as outlined in his address on Wednesday.



NPP’s boycott decision was to establish just peace in Ghana – Jake tells GBA

Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey has stated that the decision of the party’s Members of Parliament (MPs) to boycott the vetting of ministerial nominees of President John Dramani Mahama was “based on firm principles and is fully consistent with our commitment to work to deepen and improve our evolving democracy and establish a just peace in our country.”

According to him, though the MPs will participate “vigorously” in everyday business of Parliament, they will not engage in any activity or deliberate in matters that involve the constitution of President Mahama’s government as a result of the legal challenge filed by the party’s presidential candidate, his running mate and the party’s chairman regarding the 2012 Election results.

In a missive signed by Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey to the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in response to the Association’s public call on NPP MPs to reconsider their decision to take part in the vetting of nominees, the NPP Chairman explained that the party’s parliamentary group was consulted on the legal challenge and since vetting nominee ministers, whose role will be to assist the president, will be contradictory to the challenge, the members of the party’s parliamentary group, who, according to the chairman, form an integral part of the NPP, decided not to show up on the Appointments Committee’s public sittings.

“Reconciling our position to our local culture would be that if one is challenging the elevation of a Paramount Chief one does not, at the same time, recognise such sub chiefs as he may enstool,” Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey analogized.

“I hope this explains our position,” he concluded.